Ayimba to lead Kenya Shujaa at Safari 7s


Kenya Sevens Rugby team coach Benjamin Ayimba (left) is received by Sports Cabinet Secretary, Hassan ...
Kenya Sevens Rugby team coach Benjamin Ayimba (left) is received by Sports Cabinet Secretary, Hassan Wario upon landing at the JKIA on April 19, 2016. Kenya 7s team beat Fiji 30-7 in the final of the Singapore Sevens to capture their first World Series event. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

Benjamin Ayimba has been selected to lead the national team for the annual Safaricom Safari 7s tournament running this weekend at Kasarani as the search for a new head coach continues.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) advertised for the position last week with Ayimba who led the side at the HSBC World Sevens Series last season and the Rio 2016 Olympics indicating he would apply for the job before the next week Friday deadline.

Homeboyz RFC head coach, Paul Murunga who was his assistant, will handle the Africa 7s squad which consists of players who stood out for their clubs during the just concluded National Sevens Series.

Michael Wanjala, a player with previous World Series experience, skippers the side which features among others the electric Aluda Beda from Kabras Sugar, Lameck Dunde of the Resolution Impala Saracens and Alex Olaba from the Strathmore Leos.

Champions Kenya will start their title defence against Nigeria in the Africa Cup 7s with Senegal also in Pool A with the hosts hoping to continue with their continental supremacy after they narrowly beat Zimbabwe 19-17 in 2015 to qualify for Rio Olympics.

Kenya squad (Africa Cup Sevens)

Michael Wanjala (Menengai Cream Homeboyz, captain), Steve Sikuta (Mwamba), Lameck Dunde (Resolution Impala Saracens), Herman Humwa (Kenya Harlequin), Fidel Oloo (Kabras Sugar), Derrick Mayar (Resolution Impala Saracens), Kevin Keegan (Kenya Harlequin), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos), Aluda Beda (Kabras Sugar), Martin Wanjia (Mwamba), Greg Odhiambo (Mwamba), Ginton Adongo (Strathmore Leos)

Coach: Paul Murunga Team Manager: Erick Ogweno, Physio: Anthony Maina

Kenya Shujaa (Safari Sevens)

Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Frank Wanyama (Kenya Harlequin), Willy Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Alvin Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Bush Mwale  (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar), Jeff Oluoch (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Eden Agero (Kenya Harlequin), Cyprian Kuto (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Leonard Mugaisi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)

Coach: Benjamin Ayimba, Team Manager: Newton Ong’alo, Physio: Lameck Bogonko, S&C: Geoffrey Kimani

Order of Play

Friday 23 September 2016

Timings are GMT+3

Tunisia v Nigeria 11.00 am

Morocco v Madagascar 11.22 am

Zimbabwe v Uganda 11.44 am

Kenya v Nigeria 12.06pm

Botswana v Namibia 2.30pm

Zambia v Madagascar 2.52pm

Mauritius v Uganda 3.14pm

Senegal v Nigeria 3.36pm

Tunisia v Botswana 6.10pm

Morocco v Zambia 6.32pm

Zimbabwe v Mauritius 6.54pm

Kenya v Senegal 7.14pm

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