Ayimba names strong squad for Rugby 7s Olympic qualifiers


Ayimba names strong squad for Rugby 7s Olympic qualifiers
Kenya Rugby Sevens team during a past match. PHOTO: File

National Sevens rugby coach Benjamin Ayimba has named a strong squad for the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers to be staged in Johannesburg South Africa on 14th and 15th of November 2015.

Youngsters Jeffrey  Oluoch and Frank Wanyama make their international debuts alongside seasoned players who take up the remaining ten places in the squad.

Andrew Amonde will once again captain the team to South Africa. Willy Ambaka get the nod after a long injury lay off.

Kenya 7s team at the KRU grounds
Kenya 7s team at the KRU grounds

 

He impressed at the Safari Sevens and has earned his place in the team. Dennis Ombachi is also back in a team that will raise a lot of questions if they fail to make it to Rio 2016.

Kenya is in Pool A with Madagascar, Mauritius and Senegal. Pool B features Zimbabwe, Zambia, Nigeria and Uganda while Pool C comprises of Tunisia, Morocco, Namibia and Botswana.

Kenya vs Western province safari 7s
Kenya vs Western province safari 7s

Ayimba said: “Everybody is going to come hard at Kenya, but we are well prepared. We have a team that is the best we can ask for as a technical bench. We are fired up…the incentive is to qualify for the Olympics.”

Biko Adema in action
Biko Adema in action

The winner of the twelve-team tournament will qualify for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics while the second, third and fourth-placed teams will attend the final qualifying tournament in June.

Frank Wanyama at safari 7s
Frank Wanyama at safari 7s

Kenya Squad: Andrew Amonde(KCB Captain), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Jeffrey Oluoch (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Eden Agero (Kenya Harlequin), Biko Adema (Total Nondies), Augustine Lugonzo (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), William Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Oscar Ayodi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Frank Wanyama (Kenya Harlequin), Leonard Mugaisi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Billy Odhiambo (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos).

Head Coach: Benjamin Ayimba, Assistant Coach: Paul Murunga, S&C: Geoffrey Kimani, Physio: Lameck Bogonko, Team Manager: Newton Ong’alo​.

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Story By Mike Okinyi
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