Agero and Ashioya back to National Sevens Team

By eric odanga
Mar 08, 2013
  • Fabian Alando(Left) and Eden Agero during the Kenya 7s training session at the KRFU grounds,Nairobi.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Two players, Eden Agero and Sidney Ashioya are likely to make a come-back to the national seven-a-side rugby team which will now be named on Wednesday and not Saturday for Hong Kong Sevens, the next leg of the International Rugby Board Sevens World Series.

The team naming was postponed due to the current political happenings following Monday's General Glection. 

Billy Odhiambo from Strathmore University who made his debut in South Africa last December is a likely inclusion.

Ashioya who is available for selection is a utility player who could fill the slot which has been left vacant after the suspension of Collins Injera.

The Mwamba winger was asked to write an apology letter to the KRU for missing training sessions which led to the suspension of his contract.

In an earlier communication, national seven-a-side coach Michael Friday said Injera’s absence would be felt but affirmed other players were ready to fill up the spot.

The focus on the Elections has muted a simmering row between clubs, players and country.

No-shows at scheduled meeting

A meeting which was supposed to have been held on Wednesday between various club chairmen and the national seven-a-side management team came to a cropper.

One of the club chairmen Edward Kinyany said he was not aware and had not received a letter to the effect from KRU.

Alvas Onguru, the Mwamba RFC chairman said he was still awaiting communication from the KRU who had intimated they would discipline him.

National seven-a-side coach Michael Friday had said he was unwilling to sit in the same meeting with Onguru and that Mwamba should have sent another representative.

But, the drama surrounding the suspension of Injera fails to go away from the lime light and learnt there have been meetings between Injera and Friday while the captain Andrew Amonde was said to have met with the team’s management and the players.

Last week, Amonde had told a section of the media that the players would give a statement. We were unable to get a comment from Amonde.

The KRU has in the meantime called for a stakeholders meeting on March 16, 2013 in Nairobi.

This is seen as an effort to tried to address the pending issues although some insiders say it is a campaign strategy because the KRU is expected to have an annual general meeting on March 19 where four directors, including the chairman Mwangi Muthee are due for re-election.

Other directors are Mike Rabar, Paul Nyamodi and Terry Adembesa.

Probable squad inclusive of non travelling reserves:

Sidney Ashioya, Patrice Agunda, Eden Agero, William Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin FC), Billi Odhiambo, Felix Wanjala (Strathmore University), Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz), Andrew Amonde, Philip Wamae, Fabian Olando (Kenya Commercial Bank), Davis Chenge (Western Bulls), Horace Otieno, Dennis Ombachi, Lavin Asego (Mwamba), Biko Adema (Nondescripts RUFC).