QUINTET IN THE MIX

Mola called up to Shujaa training squad for Africa Cup in Mauritius

Mola gets the nod alongside clubmates Richard Liva and Joel Ingusa, Nakuru's Javan Okoth and Catholic Monks' Brian Odongo as the Shujaa technical bench explores depth.

In Summary

•Team manager Steve Sewe said the core of the team that did duty at the World Sevens Series promotion playoffs in Madrid will be rested as they start preparations for the Olympic Games in Paris, France, in July.

• Champions Kenya are in Pool 'A' alongside tricky Madagascar, Nigeria and hosts Mauritius.

Strathmore Leos Victor Mola during past sevens tournament
Strathmore Leos Victor Mola during past sevens tournament

Strathmore's Victor Mola has been drafted to the Shujaa squad for the Africa Cup Sevens tournament in Mauritius at the end of the month.

Mola gets the nod alongside clubmates Richard Liva and  Joel Ingusa, Nakuru's Javan Okoth and Catholic Monks' Brian Odongo as the Shujaa technical bench explores depth.

Team manager Steve Sewe said the core of the team that did duty at the World Sevens Series promotion playoffs in Madrid will be rested as they start preparations for the Olympic Games in Paris, France, in July.

“We want to give the fringe players and new faces like Mola a chance to do the country proud as we look at building depth for the national Sevens team for future international assignments,” said Sewe.

Champions Kenya are in Pool 'A' alongside tricky Madagascar, Nigeria and hosts Mauritius.

Pool 'B' has Uganda, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Cote d'Ivoire.

Former champions Zimbabwe headline Pool 'C', up against neighbours Zambia, Ghana and Algeria.

The team started their preparations last week at Moi Stadium, Kasarani.

“The new call-ups are ambitious, hungry and determined and we will be going all out to win the tournament," observed Sewe.

Plans are underway for Morans to play in a South Africa Sevens tournament in October — part of the continental satellite events.

“We have received an invite to play in a Sevens tournament down south,  which will be ideal for Morans as we look at playing several international tournaments," added Sewe.

He said Shujaa's main areas of concern are strength, conditioning and mental fortitude, which they will work on ahead of the World Sevens Series opener in Dubai in December.

“The World Sevens Series is a different ball game from the Challenger Series and our physical conditioning must be better and our mental fortitude will have to improve," he said.

"We have time on our side and I believe we will be competitive when the World Series begins," said Sewe.