Amonde hints at retirement, tips Ayodi to shine as skipper

(FILE)Andrew Amonde of Kenya in action against Samurai during their Safari Sevens match at ...
(FILE)Andrew Amonde of Kenya in action against Samurai during their Safari Sevens match at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on September 25, 2016. Kenya beat Samurai 38-21 to be crowned champions. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

The Kenya rugby sevens skipper Andrew Amonde hopes to be back in action in January after being out for two months.

Amonde has been sidelined with a groin injury but is working hard on his rehabilitation as he eyes a strong comeback.

In an interview with Citizen Digital, the Kenya Commercial Bank RFC’s flanker said that he is back in light training as he aims to build on his fitness.

“I think by the time they (team) come back in action (series), I will have reached the standards required. I’m currently working with my physios,” he said.

The Kenya Sevens, Shujaa, are expected to be back in action in January 26, during the third leg of IRB World Series in Australia.

Oscar Ayodi
(FILE)Kenya 7’s Oscar Ayodi in action in a past tie. [Photo/Courtesy]
At the same time, Amonde has acknowledged the role played by stand-in- skipper Oscar Ayodi in the first two rounds of the series.

“I think he is for the better because I have come of age. He (Ayodi) is a young guy and still need guidance…,”he said.

“He has been around and he is a person who understands what is expected in the team and he also understands the culture of the team.”

According to Amonde, it’s better for Ayodi to come in as long-term captain because he (Amonde) won’t be there forever, hence the need for slow but planned transition.

 “We wish him all the best as a captain; we will assist him when we are still around. We will always talk to him and give him guidance to take the team to where it should be,” added Amonde.

Meanwhile, Amonde believes that South Africa and Canada are some of the teams which will present them with stern test in the series.

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

“Our main focus is not even Uganda because they are a small team trying to get back to the circuit and they still have a long way to go. Most of their players have been playing locally, so they are not our main concern. Our major worry is South Africa and Canada.”


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