Chenge captains Kenya to Cape Town

By francis marangu
May 11, 2017
  • Davies Chenge will captain the team in the absence of returning Wilson K'Opondo during the Cape Town Camp. (SNA. File Photo)

  • Brian Nyikuli was dropped as Kenya XV captain and replaced by Wilson K'Opondo from whom he took the arm band. (SNA. File Photo)

  • Simon Muniafu has matured to retain his place in the Kenya XV team. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya Harlequin FC second row Wilson K’Opondo has been confirmed Kenya Simbas captain as the international assignments begin with a 10-day camp in South Africa.

He will be deputized by KCB fullback Darwin Mukidza who is currently with Kenya Sevens in France. K’Opondo takes over the armband from Brian Nyikuli (Strathmore University) who was dropped after the trials held in March.

Interestingly, Nyikuli took over the captaincy from K’Opondo in 2015.

The team leaves on Friday for Cape Town but K’Opondo is unavailable due to work commitments.

He will be available to lead the team against Germany in a home test match on May 27.

KCB flanker Davies Chenge has thus been named the tour captain to be deputized by Biko Adema of Nondescripts RUFC.

Previously, Chenge has captained the Shujaa team at Safari Sevens and for CAR Sevens duty to Zimbabwe in the 2013/14 season.

He is ready for the challenge. “It is not always easy leading a national team. I believe the respect I command from other players is the reason why I have been chosen for this role,” he said.

“By the time we come back, I expect the team to be fitter mentally, physically and sharper tactically. We will be using high-quality facilities and hold sessions with top coaches in South Africa which will be good for us.”

KCB lock Oliver Mang’eni who was a late callup to the team will also miss the tour.

Notable inclusion to the team is Impala RFC center Leo Seje Owade. He has returned to the club after playing in Australia.

Possible debut for Owade

Owade is excited about the prospects of playing for the national team. “A possible debut makes me proud to think that I have an opportunity to represent my country in something that I love,” he told the club’s official website.

“Being called up to the final Kenya XV squad was an amazing feeling. It seemed as if all of my hard work and sacrifices were starting to pay off.”

Other players making the cut include Impala’s James Kubasu, Oscar Simiyu of KCB, George Nyambua of Kabras Sugar, Elkeans Musonye of Strathmore University, Brad Owako of Mwamba RFC and Emmanuel Mavala of Homeboyz RFC.

Wangila Simiyu, the team manager said they will take advantage of the good facilities in South Africa and heighten their preparations.

“During the Vodacom Cup, South Africa gave us huge exposure. It gave us the confidence because we knew we can play and compete at such a high level.”

While in South Africa, the team will play a friendly match against local club Durbell RFC.

Kenya Simbas: Peter Karia, Peter Kilonzo, Jacob Ojee, Martin Owila, Oscar Simiyu, Davies Chenge, Moses Amusala, George Asin (KCB), Leo Seje, Samson Onsomu, Simon Muniafu, Dennis Karani, Eric Kerre, James Kubasu (Impala RFC), Bramwell Mayaka, Philip Ikambili, Emmanuel Mavala, Tony Onyango, Kelvin Masai (Homeboyz RFC), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Biko Adema, Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondescripts RUFC), Alex Olaba, Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore University), David Ambunya, Dennis Muhanji, Patrice Agunda, Isaac Adimo (Quins), Brad Owako (Mwamba RFC); Management - Jerome Paarwater (Head Coach), Charles Ngovi, Dominique Habimana (Ass. Coaches), Richard Ochieng (S&C), Chris Makachia (Physiotherapist), Wangila Simiyu (Team Manager).