Nakuru can see their name on Christie Sevens trophy

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 13, 2017
  • Homeboyz have had a steady Series and could lift the overall trophy although Nakuru RFC eye Christie Sevens. (SNA. File Photo)

Nakuru RFC can already see their names written/engraved on the Christie Sevens trophy.

Mitch Ocholla, the Nakuru RFC coach is confident they can weather the storm in Pool B which also has Impala, Kisii RFC and Mean Machine.

Two national team players Oscar Ouma and Nelson Oyoo could be the game changers.

But Nakuru is a solid side with other notable players like Geoffrey Ominde, Gramwell Bunyasi and Philip Owuor.

The coach believes they have been knocking on the doors since Driftwood Sevens and it is time they flattened it.

What gives him confidence is the intensity the team brings in their matches. 

Charles Cardovillis, the Kabras coach says there is always pressure but is relaxed before the top seeds open the tournamet against Strathmore University.

"No pressure really. We are playing well, so just need to pick up from where we left off," he stated in reference to Sepetuka Sevens in Eldoret.

He will be returning to a ground he knows so well as a player and coach. "It is definitely nostalgic playing at Quins and against them on Day one," he acknowledged.

Kabras and Quins face off at 4.10 p.m. But will the overall title be decided at the RFUEA ground on Sunday?

Cardovillis does not think so. "I still think it will go down to Dala Sevens. It's very tight at the top," he admits.

Winning formula

As expected, the coach is unlikely to change the line up which won the Sepetuka Sevens. "I am looking at continuity so most probably will be keeping the same squad from Sepetuka. No reason to change a winning formula."

The only addition will be Michael Wokorach who joins Kabras after he was released for national duties and was one of the key players who steered Uganda to the win against Zimbabwe in the Africa Cup Sevens at the Legends ground in Kampala.

Uganda qualified for the Rugby World Cup Sevens to be played in San Francisco, California next July. They have also been invited to Dubai Sevens, the opening tournament of the World Rugby Sevens World Series.

Homeboyz, the Series leaders have been tipped to retain the overall title by Oscar Osir, the Impala Sevens coach.

They could have Oscar Ayodi, an influential and impact player in the line up.

Paul Murunga, the Homeboyz coach is keen to see if he has recovered from injury. "I want to bring in Ayodi [Oscar] for this one to see if he is fully recovered," Murunga stated.

But, he is still cautious despite being drawn against Western Bulls, Mwamba and Nondies. "Every match is important and the teams have prepared well. Our immediate task is to win the opening match against Mwamba."

Ayodi is a useful ball carrier. The other national team players at Homeboyz are Augustine Lugonzo and Bush Mwale.

Quality side

Hosts Quins are always inspired by their home fans. Despite being drawn in a tough Pool A.

Joash Odhalo, the Quins coach has a quality side which is capable of stunning some of the big names in the Pool.

Some of the key players are Patrice Agunda, Eden Agero, Dennis Muhanji and David Ambunya. The 'Webuye Express', Frank Wanyama is injured. Two Ugandan players Joseph Oredo and Solomon Okia are also in the line up.

At Christie Sevens, the teams are not holding back. Mwamba will for the first time this season field the three brothers Collins Injera, Humphrey Kayange and Michael Agevi.

Nondies which is captained by Marvin Sumba have Dennis Ombachi and Biko Adema in their ranks.  

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

Order of play

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

Quins: Patrice Agunda, Herman Humwa, Maxwell Theuri, Edward Shitanda, Roxy Suchi, Dennis Muhanji, Eric Shikuku, Aaron Oforywoth, Eden Agero, Joseph Oredo, Solomon Okia, David Ambunya, Pius Shundu.

Impala: Davies Makori, Ian Minjire, Richard Sidindi, Eric Kere, Leo Seje, Sam Onsomu, George Okowa, Mark Kwemoi, Ian Mabwa, Sam Oliech, Samuel Motari, Timothy Makiya, Leon Adongo.

Nakuru: Philip Owuor, Edwins Makori, Monate Akwei, Geoffrey Ominde, Donald Oluoch, Kelvin Kioko, Gramwell Bunyasi, Oscar Ouma, George Kimani, Leslie Ochieng, Collins Onyango, Tyson Asiago, Nelson Oyoo. 

Nondies: Marvin Sumba, Brian Amaitsa, Simon Ngugi, Benjamin Marshall, Enock Makinga, Peter Lugano, Evans Musili, John Juma, Kevin Magembe, Dennis Ombachi, Joseph Akiruga, Biko Adema, Isaac Oswaga.

Mwamba: Humphrey Kayange, Brad Owako, George Ochieng, Stephen Sikuta, Louis Kisis, Michael Agevi, Ronnie Omondi, Kevin Atandi, Collins Injera, Greg Odhiambo, Alex Aturo, Matt Wanjia, Fred Nyachio.

KCB: Andrew Amonde, Martin Owilah. Davis Chenge, Stafford Abeka, Arthur Owira, Michael Wanjala, Michael Kimwele, Shaban Ahmed, Issac Njoroge, Elphas Otieno, Jacob Ojee, Peter Kilonzo, Vincent Onyala.