Homeboyz leaving nothing to chance for Septuka 7's in Eldoret

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 28, 2017
  • Homebpyz could be at full strength when they host Septuka Sevens at Eldoret Sports Club. (SNA. File Photo)

Homeboyz, the hosts and current leaders of the Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Circuit are likely to include two of their Kenya Sevens players.

Paul Murunga, the Homeboyz head coach hinted Augustine Lugonzo and Bush Mwale may have a taste of the action with the stakes high when the fourth tournament kicks off at the Eldoret Sports Club. The third player Oscar Ayodi is still recovering from an injury.

The two players were not part of the squad for the Prinsloo Sevens after being released by the Kenya Sevens management to play in the remaining tournaments of the circuit.

Previously, Murunga has stated that when Homeboyz won the overall title last season, they barely had the services of the national team players.  

Homeboyz have been drawn in Pool C with Kenya Harlequin FC, Mt. Kenya University, Thika and Mean Machine.

Interesting pairings

There are interesting match ups for this tournament with Nakuru and Menengai Oilers drawn in the same Pool B and Kabras Sugar and Western Bulls in Pool D.

Gibson Weru, the Menengai Olilers coach said being drawn in the same pool with Nakuru does not make it any easier. They had learned lessons from Prinsloo and are eager to play in the next tournament.

"The boys are always fired up. They have put last week's disappointment behind them," Weru stated.

He observed: "The level of competition goes higher every time. We have only played one 'easy' match in the whole series! That shows you how much the teams have stepped up. We are in a pool where we can either do well on a good day or even finish last. That's how tough it is."

Top seeds KCB are under no pressure despite landing a very tough Pool A which has Mwamba, Impala and Catholic University.  "These are the same teams we have met before," Dennis Mwanja, the KCB coach said.

He is retaining the same squad which won Prinsloo Sevens in Nakuru last weekend. The only change will be in reducing the playing squad from 16 to 13 for the Eldoret tournament.

Andrew Amonde who played his first tournament in Nakuru is one of the key players for KCB. He acknowledged the Circuit is competitive and full of raw talent which if nurtured could eventually play at national level.

All the players in the Kenya Sevens teams have been released to play in the circuit to gain match fitness. Only Billy Odhiambo, Oscar Ayodi and Collins Injera have been exempted because they are recovering from injuries.

"Most of the national team players stood out for their teams in Nakuru," observed Amonde. 

Strathmore renew rivalry with Kabras

Strathmore University head Pool D where they renew rivalry with Kabras Sugar, Western Bulls and Makueni.

John Onyango-Mbai the head coach has noticed a lot of growth and improvement since the first tournament in Mombasa.

"When I joined Strathmore, I did not know what to expect because the team had lost several experienced players. But I am pleased with the currect team set up. They are always eager to learn and keep improving," he stated.

The growth is as a result of several players stepping up and playing leadership roles. "Several players have stepped up. We are also trying to encourage building individual leaders through each player taking personal and collective responsibility and so far it's yieldng good results both on and off the field."

He will be lining up against Kabras at the end of the opening day. For Kabras, it has been a good learning curve.

"The boys are reponding well," says Charles Cardovillis, the Kabras head coach. On the new challenge. He adds the experience has been good on and off the pitch.

Cardovillis admits: "The draw is tough 'as usual. We have played against Strathmore three times and lost once. Western Bulls are out neighbors. Makueni are a very competitive young side. Underestimate them at your own peril."

Although the race among the top 10 teams is tight, Cardovillis has been impressed by the performance of Kabras and is aiming for the overall series title.

"Young lads like Dominis Osino and Jacob Okumba have really stood out and taken their chances," he explains. It is with this conviction that Cardovillis says the trophies will come. 

The tournament has attracted sponsorship from Jambo Jet Limited, Telkom Kenya, East Africa Breweries, Menengai Cream and Homeboyz Entertainment. 

Overall Standing: Homeboyz 51, Nakuru 46, Menengai Oilers 43, KCB 42, Impala 42, Kabras 41, Strathmore 37, Quins 32, Mwamba 25, Mean Machine 23, Nondies 22, Blak Blad 16, Catholic University 6, Kisii 3, Daystar University 3, Makueni 2, Mombasa 2, KCA 1. 

Septuka Sevens draw 

Pool A: KCB, Mwamba, Impala, Catholic University; Pool B: Nakuru RFC, Blak Blad, Menengai Oilers, Nondescirpts RUFC; Pool C: Homeboyz, Kenya Harlequin FC, Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika, Mean Machine; Pool D: Strathmore University, Kabras Sugar, Western Bulls, Makueni.

Day one order of play

KCB v Impala (9.30 a.m.), Mwamba v Catholic University (9.50), Nakuru v Menengai Oilers (10.10), Blak Blad v Nondies (10.30), Homeboyz v Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika (10.50), Quins v Mean Machine (11.10), Strathmore University v Western Bulls (11.30), Kabras v Makueni (11.50), KCB v Catholic University (12.10), Mwamba v Impala (12.30), Nakuru v Nondies (12.50), Blak Blad v Menengai Oilers (1.10), Homeboyz v Mean Machine (1.30), Quins v Mt. Kenya Univ, Thika (1.50), Strathmore University v Makueni (2.10), Kabras v Western Bulls (2.30), Impala v Catholic University (2.50), Menengai Oilers v Nondies (3.10), Mt. Kenya Univ., Thika v Mean Machine (3.30), Western Bulls v Makueni (3.50), KCB v Mwamba (4.10), Nakuru v Blak Blad (4.30), Homeboyz v Quins (4.50), Strathmore University v Kabras (5.10).

Next fixtures

Christie Sevens, October 14-15 at RFUEA ground.

Dala Sevens, October 21-22 at Mamboleo Showground, Kisumu.