Amonde blow to Shujaa


Amonde blow to Shujaa
(FILE)Kenya Sevens Rugby Captain Andrew Amonde lifts the HSBC trophy as Vice Captain Collins Injera flies the Kenyan flag high.

Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde will miss the opener of HSBC World Sevens Series due to a groin injury.

The Kenya Commercial Bank RFC’s flanker is expected to be out of the team for around four months.

And with the series expected to kick off on December 1, during the Dubai 7’s, Amonde is however positive that his compatriots will do well, even in his absence.

 “I expect the team to perform better this season because they have enough time to train, they also have new recruits, and they have set higher targets than last season,” the soft-spoken burly captain told Citizen Digital.

Shujaa finished 12th last season with 63 points and their target is to win two trophies after they won their first ever Cup in Singapore in 2015.

Kenya 7s celebrate winning the Challenge Trophy at the Las Vegas 7s on Monday, March 6, 2016. PHOTO/Courtesy/World Sevens
Kenya 7s celebrate winning the Challenge Trophy at the Las Vegas 7s on Monday, March 6, 2016. PHOTO/Courtesy/World Sevens

“Our target is to win around two cups and reach the semi finals in all the series,” he said.

But as the veteran Amonde takes a back seat owing to the injury, there are a number of new young talents in the team which the KCB franker believes will gain exposure and be of help to Shujaa.

“The main reason of bringing the young talents is, mostly, to make them understand the environment of the team before they start playing for it.

“I I don’t think they will play a lot of games this season; what they are expected to get is exposure so that they can help the team in future,” he added.

Kenyan sevens star Willy Ambaka in his first rugby 15s game in New Zealand on June Saturday 4 th, 2017.
Kenyan sevens star Willy Ambaka in his first rugby 15s game in New Zealand on June Saturday 4 th, 2017.

Ambonde who sounded reflective in the course of the interview also said that he is delighted to have Willy Ambaka to the team after five months in New Zealand with Manawatu Turbos.

“Willy’s personal performance has been high in the past, and has been a player to watch so his returning to the team will bring more experience.”

Kenya will play defending champions South Africa, Canada and neighbors Uganda in the opener of HSBC World Series in Dubai.

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