K'Opondo returns as 15's captain

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 28, 2017
  • Moses Amusala has been retained in the Kenya 15's squad which will camp in Cape Town, South Africa from May 11, 2017. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Wilson K’Opondo could return as the captain of the Kenya 15’s team.

The Kenya Harlequin FC forward is one of the players named in the 36-team squad which has 13 new players.

He will resume the captaincy following a massive reorganization of the squad which saw Brian Nyikuli, the former captain dropped along other seasoned players.

Up to now, the team’s management has been tight-lipped about the radical change.

But, Sports News Arena has established that most of the senior players who were dropped were vocal in demanding their allowances. Some of them were also not on form.

The 15’s management also breached their promise by giving players an ultimatum to decide whether they wanted to play for the 15’s or 7’s teams.

Our source who is conversant with the team’s management also disclosed there were talks of reorganizing the technical bench which would eventually see Jerome Paarwater, the head coach replaced.

The squad named will begin their international assignments with a home test against Germany at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground on May 27.

Before the test, the squad will camp in Cape Town, South Africa from May 11 to May 21.

New players in the squad are George Asin, Leo Seje, James Kubasu, Bramwell Mayaka, Elkeans Musonye, Alex Olaba, Oscar Simiyu, Philip Ikambili, Brad Owako, George Nyambua and Peter Kilonzo.

Others are Steve Otieno and Benjamin Marshall who were part of the Kenya under-20 squad that finished second at last week’s Africa U20 championships in Madagascar.

There are also late call ups for Oliver Mang’eni, Jacob Ojee, Kenny Andola and Ronnie Mwenesi while injury forces Humphrey Kayange out of the squad.

Nato Simiyu, Nick Barasa, Antony Orege, McLanhan Sikuku, Roxy Suchi and Edwin Achayo do not make the final squad.

The squad

Forwards: Moses Amusala, Davis Chenge, Peter Karia, Oliver Mang’eni, George Asin, Oscar Simiyu, Martin Owila (KCB), Dennis Karani, Simon Muniafu, Eric Kerre, James Kubasu (Impala), Wilson Kopondo (Quins), Edwin Machanje (Mwamba), Bramwell Mayaka, Philip Ikambili, Emmanuel Mavala, Steve Otieno (Homeboyz), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondescripts), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore University), (KCB).

Backs: Samson Onsomu, Leo Seje (Impala), Biko Adema, Benjamin Marshall (Nondescripts), Dennis Muhanji, Patrice Agunda, Isaac Adimo, David Ambunya (Quins), Darwin Mukidza, Jacob Ojee, Kenny Andola, Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Tony Onyango, Kelvin Masai (Homeboyz), Brad Owako (Mwamba), Alex Olaba (Strathmore University).