Ambaka, Injera and Ouma ready to star for Shujaa


Willy Ambaka races to score Kenya's third try against New Zealand at USA 7s on ...
(FILE)Willy Ambaka races to score Kenya's third try against New Zealand at USA 7s on Saturday, March 5, 2016. PHOTO/World Rugby

Kenya Sevens trio of Willy Ambaka, Collins Injera and Oscar “Big wheels” Ouma are eyeing a comeback to the national team after a long layoff.

Injera has been missing from action for nearly a year but recently turned up for his local side Mwamba RFC in the local National Sevens Circuit and is now available for selection for the Dubai 7s.

“I have trained very hard in the past few weeks and I hope my presence will help the team secure key points in the Series.”

The winger is pleased by the preparation they have had ahead of a busy schedule with Dubai 7s knocking, and the Commonwealth Games, and Sevens World Cup later in the season.

“We are really prepared because we’ve had constant pre-season, 14 weeks working on areas that we didn’t perform very well in. I believe everyone is prepared for the new season.”

Forward duo of Ouma and Ambaka will add some strength and experience to the Innocent Simiyu coached side.

Ambaka missed the final rounds of the circuit as he was in New Zealand with his club Manawatu Turbos club but has since returned to Kenya ahead of the Series.

Kenya's Collins Injera carries the ball during the USA Sevens Rugby tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images/AFP Isaac Brekken / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
Kenya’s Collins Injera carries the ball during the USA Sevens Rugby tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images/AFP

“The build-up has been tough. Since I joined the team like three weeks ago I’m the one trying to catch up but the boys are looking sharp and are up to the task,” said Ambaka.

The burly forward is however happy with the blend of young and experienced players in the squad and is positive they will record good results in Dubai.

“I think we’ve prepared well, we’re going to take each game at a time as we gear for a tough season ahead .There is no two way about it but to win each one of them.

Oscar “Big Wheels” Ouma will also be eyeing a comeback after a career threatening injury on his knee that saw him play only two rounds of the 2016/2017 season.

Oscar Ouma in action for Kenya 7s. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com
Oscar Ouma in action for Kenya 7s. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

The broad-shouldered forward was delighted after he was declared fit by the team doctor and is looking forward to a challenging season.

“During the 10-day camp in Nanyuki, guys got to interact with each other and for me it’s a bit constructive because you get to know each other better, we are different players but here we are like a family so we build on that,” said Ouma.

The Top Fry sensational is not only optimistic of a successful season but also dreams of posting positive results at a consistent level.

On the other hand, Mwamba’s danger man Injera, if selected, will add to his all time 244 tries and hope that he surpasses Dan Norton of England who holds the World Rugby Sevens Series record with 248 tries.

“I believe Norton is a capable player and he deserves it (to hold the record) and I can only wish him the best. It (claiming the record) doesn’t bother me at all. I am only concerned with doing what I love and if by any chance I break the record again then glory to God and to my teammates,” Injera told Citizen Digital in an in interview at the RFUEA grounds after team morning workout.

Kenya 7s fly out on Dec 1 for the Dubai 7s .They have other assignments next year in Gold Coast, Australia for the Commonwealth Games and San Francisco for the Sevens World Cup.

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