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“No Injera, no problem”- Coach Simiyu names squad for Madrid 7’s

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The Kenya Rugby Union has announced its squad for the Inter Regional Sevens tournament in Madrid.

The much awaited tournament will be hosted by the Federation Española de Rugby (FER) and supported by World Rugby which will feature 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams participating across two consecutive weekends (20/21 February) and (27/28 February).

Head coach Innocent Simiyu has named Nakuru RFC speedster Nelson Oyoo and Kenya Harlequins flanker Herman Humwa as co-captains. Willy Ambaka and Andrew Amonde are among the key figures named in the men’s squad.

However, Simiyu will miss the much-needed services of veteran winger Collins Injera who was left out due to personal commitments. But coach Simiyu believes the system he has put in place can accommodate all players.

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“Our goal is to regain our fitness back as we haven’t had rugby for 11 months now, we have to trust in our structures, and responding to our plays will be a key focus. The players named here are the ones we’ve had in all sessions.” Simiyu said.

Shujaa top try scorer Collins Injera will be unavailable for the Madrid tournament; PHOTO/COURTESY

This will be Coach Simiyu first assignment since he was re-appointed as the head coach of the national team replacing Paul Feeny, who parted ways with the team in June.

Experienced forward Andrew Amonde has expressed his satisfaction with the current crop of players in the camp and acknowledged their dedication to the game despite the tough times brought about by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The current crop of players are charged and  have the competency of elevating this game to higher levels than what we have achieved, because we have some exciting raw talent and ability to do so,” Amonde said.

The trip comes a fortnight after the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) handed Kenya Rugby Union a sponsorship cheque of KSh2.8 million, to go towards high performance training of the Kenya 7s men’s team and Kenya 7s Women’s team.

Shujaa players ahead of a past HSBC rugby series game; PHOTO/COURTESY

A portion of the KSh2.8 million will facilitate the team travel to Madrid, Spain, for a series of high-performance preparation events hosted by the Spanish Rugby Federation and World Rugby.

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Resolution Impala Saracens winger Alvin Marube will debut for the national team after being named in the non-travelling subs with KCB flanker Levy Amunga and Homeboyz RFC flanker joining him.

The Shujaa and Lionesses squads to Madrid, Spain for the Inter Region Sevens

Lionesses

Philadelphia Olando (Captain), Celestine Masinde, Sheila Chajira, Ann Goretti, Stella Wafula, Naomi Amuguni, Camilla Cynthia, Janet Okello, Linet Moraa, Enid Ouma, Diana Awino, Christabel Lindo, Sarah Oluche

Kenya 7s travelling squad:

Nelson Oyoo (Co-Captain), Herman Humwa (Co-captain),Alvin Otieno, Andrew Amonde, Harold Anduvati, Vincent Onyala, Willy Ambaka, Daniel Taabi, Johnstone Olindi, Mark Kwemoi, Tony Omondi, Billy Odhiambo, Derrick Keyoga, Jacob Ojee, Jeff Oluoch

Non-travelling reserves;

Alvin Marube, Bush Mwale and Levy Amunga.

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