Visa hitch knocks Kenya Morans out of Assupol Sevens

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 28, 2017

For the second time, a visa hitch has been cited as a reason the unavailability of a Kenya Sevens team.

Kenya Morans, a select side comprising seven new players have been unable to obtain visas to travel to South Africa for Assupol Sevens to be held at Markotter Stadium in Stellenbosch, South Africa on October 28 and 29. 

As a result, Kenya will miss what could have been a vital preparation for Dubai Sevens, the opening leg of the World Rugby Sevens World Series.

A three paragraph, unsigned statement from the Kenya Rugby Union conveyed the message to the rugby fraternity explaining an unexpected public holiday on Wednesday delayed the processing which would have oly been completed on Friday morning when the team was due to depart.

The same visa delay was also cited as the reason for the team traveling in batches to France. 

It is not clear who is accountable although the team's management in the earlier incident blamed the bureaucracy at the KRU secretariat for the delays.

The statement explained it was impossible to get flights to South Africa which is why the team was withdrawn.  "The Kenya Rugby Union regrets the decision occasioned by unforseen circumstances and wil put in place measures to ensure adequate preparations for the Sevens World Series," the statement concluded.

No build up matches

Already, Kenya has not had build up matches to try out the players selected after the completion of the KRU National Sevens Circuit after the annual Safari Sevens was cancelled.

With the miss, Kenya is left ruing the chances of what might have been. They will however monitor the event because of being drawn in the same pool with South Africa and Uganda in Dubai. 

For this competition which has an under-17 side with teams from Argentina and Namibia, seven new players were included.

Among the countries invited were Scotland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mauritius and England Academy.

South Africa will use the tournament as a build up for the World Series defense. Scotland who will be in South Africa for the first time were finalists in Paris and winners in London.

Namibia failed to travel to Uganda for the Africa Championship where Zimbabwe lost to Uganda in the final. 

The Kenya Moran team had: Arthur Owira (KCB), Jeff Oluoch (Homeboyz), Harold Anduvate (Menengai Oilers), Herman Humwa, Frank Wanyama (Kenya Harlequin FC), Derrick Mayar (Impala), Charles Omondi (Homeboyz), Samuel Oliech (Impala), Eden Agero (Quins), Sam Muiregi (Menengai Oilers), Brian Tanga (Kabras), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz), Dennis Ombachi (Nondies), Dan Sikuta (Kabras and Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru). 

Provisional squad 

Props: Andrew Amonde (KCB), Harold Anduvati (Menengai Oilers), Herman Humwa (Kenya Harlequin FC), Ian Minjire (Impala), Martin Owilla (KCB), Oscar Ouma (Nakuru), Charles Omondi (Homeboyz), Dan Sikuta (Kabras), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore University) Derrick Mayar (Impala), William Ambaka (Manawatu, New Zealand); Hookers: Arthur Owira (KCB), Frank Wanyama (Quins), Jeff Oluoch (Homeboyz), Monate Akwei (Nakuru), Richard Sidindi (Impala), Bush Mwale (Homeboyz); Scrumhalves: Brian Tanga (Kabras), Collins Injera ( Mwamba), Dominic Osino (Kabras), Michael Wanjala (Homeboyz), Samson Onsomu (Impala), Brian Waihenya (Blak Blad); Flyhalves: Eden Agero (Quins), Mark Kwemoi (Impala), Felix Ayange (Kabras), Leonard Mugaisi (Homeboyz), Daniel Taabu (Mwamba), Levi Amunga (Blak Blad), Shaban Ahmed (KCB); Wingers: Alex Olaba (Strathmore University), Dennis Ombachi (Nondies), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru), Sam Muregi (Menengai Oilers), Derrick Keyoga (Menengai Oilers).