Dubai 7:Kenya Lionesses raring to go

Dec 02, 2010

Kenya Lionesses had a feel of the ground where they will be playing their first match against Khimki . As they stretched and enjoyed the feel of the rugby venue in the hot conditions, coach Sammy Kemmey was confident of a good show on friday.

 He has five players who missed the debut tour to Dubai last year for various reasons. “This is a very strong team this time and it was important to bring them to the venue especially on the pitch where they will be playing so that there is no stage fright come the game day,” Kemmey said.

Even the team captain Celestine Navalayo - the KRU Womens player of the year - in her first tour of Dubai believed Kenya Lionesses could go all the way and lift the International Invitational Women’s trophy. “We had a good preparation and the players are ready to go,” Navalayo said. The players who are making their debut in Dubai are Navalayo, Robina Wambui, Catherine Abilla, Janet Awino and Elliptics Female Player of the year Philadelphia Olando.

There are a few changes in the technical approach with Doreen Remour starting off at scrum-half while Abilla will be deployed at fly half. Olando starts as a forward with Stacey Awuor and Abadeen Shikoyi. Returning to the team after nearly two years is Janet Awino. “She came back with a bang,” noted Kemmey.

Kenya Lionessess has been drawn in Pool C which has Samurai Dubai, Burevestnik and Khimki. They begin against Khimki at 11 am Friday before facing Burevestnik at 3.12 pm and winding up against Samurai Dubai at 7.40 pm.

Squad: Philadelphia Olando, Janet Owino, Abedeen Shikhoyi, Doreen Remour, Catherine Abilla, Celestine Masinde, Irene Awino, Mary Musieka, Camilyne Awour, Stacy Otieno, Adelaide Nasambu, Robina Wambui.
Non travelling reserves: Millicent Opalla, Janet Midecha, Angela Olum
Management: Sammy Kemmey (head coach), Yvonne Makwali (team manager), Gerald Omondi (physiotherapist). 

Eric Odanga in Dubai

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