KCB Forms Bulk of Kenya A to Face Warringah

Feb 10, 2011
  • KCB vs Impala in a past kenya Cup match

Kenya Commercial Bank forms the bulk of the Kenya A side to play against visiting Warringah Rats. Coach Howard Okwemba named seven players from KCB and six players from Impala.

Most of the players already know one another too well after playing together in the junior national team. These are George Mutuku, Felix Ayange, Fabian Olando, Curtis Lilako and Ken Andola. Kennedy Isindu has played for the Kenya Sevens team.

Wile selecting the side, Okwemba settled on players who are likely to make it to the senior Kenya team. “This is a good side which has a blend of experience and youth,” the coach said. Notably missing from the squad are players from current Kenya Cup league leaders Kenya Harlequin FC.

Warringah Rugby Club is based in Narrabeen New South Wales Australia 25 kms from Sydney's CBD. It was formed in 1962/63 as Warringah Junior Rugby Club before the senior side was established in 1964. The "Rats" was added due to their similarities with the Desert Rats of Tobruk who were known for their never say die attitude. The club values are based on players, members, sponsors and community.

Age grade rugby is central to Warringah Rugby and this has resulted in their having over 50 age-grade teams from ages 7 – 17 playing regularly in various leagues.  Past and present "Rats" of repute include Wycliffe Palu, Pat Mccabe, Mark Gerrard, Ben Jacobs and new Aussie 7s call-up Hamish Angus.

Their traditional colours are green and white.

As mentioned, community is one of their core values and their trip to Kenya is based mainly on this aspect. Through the Oasis Africa Australia School they intend to carry out various repairs and improvements to existing infrastructure (building of a bridge) and contribute to the Morans Rugby Club in Rongai which caters for age-grade rugby. Here they intend to donate kit and equipment and also improve existing infrastructure.

The Rats have been in Kibera on Monday and Tuesday and were due to hold age-grade clinic at the RFUEA grounds on Thursday 10th February.

Kenya A squad: Moses Amusala  (KCB), Dennis Karani (Impala), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Edwin Makori (Nakuru), Moses Wanyaga (Impala), Ken Isindu (KCB), Philip Wamae (KCB),  Duncan Ekasi (Impala), George Mutuku (Mean Machine), Ken Andola, Felix Ayange (Strathmore University), Brian Omondi (KCB), Anthony Nyandigisi (Impala), Fabian Olando (KCB), Chris Oduor (Quins), Chris Kanyoi (Mwamba), Samuel Warui (Nakuru), Malik Ndemi (Impala), Philip Owuor, Bernard Chirchir (Nakuru), Kevin Gisore (Impala), Brian Ojema (KCB). 

Eric Odanga

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