14 New Players Called Up For Sevens

Aug 03, 2012
  • Collins Injera is among 35 players called up for the sevens team.(Photo:File)

Fourteen new players have been called up in a provisional list of 43 as Kenya begins restructuring the national seven-a-side team.

Michael Friday, the new coach arrived early Thursday one day after the players assembled at Kasarani for a four-day camp.

Kenya Harlequin FC and Mwamba form the bulk of the call ups who were in the larger working squad of 35 disbanded by the Kenya Rugby Union.

The identity of the players was a closely guarded ‘secret’ although club chairmen were asked to release them for the camp and trials.

Quins has 13 players, Mwamba 12 and Strathmore University seven. No mention has been made of France-based Teddy Omondi or Lucas Onyango, two players who have a wealth of experience but have been largely ignored by the KRU selection committee.

Following the expiry of the tenure of the KRU Selectors, it is not clear who picked up the players. Craig White who penned an International Rugby Board Audit report on Kenya Sevens team arrived on Monday while Friday jetted in on Thursday morning.

White is in Kenya as a follow up of his audit but is believed to have recommended both Friday and trainer Chris Brown.

Only 33 players reported to camp with the rest held by school and job commitments, a hurdle and reality the new technical bench will have to find a way of navigating through.

In his audit, White had suggested a core team of up to 10 players who would be fully contracted to play. Friday will narrow down the squad to 25 after the Safari Sevens.

Players called up: Andrew Amonde, Oliver Mang’eni, Darwin Mukidza (Kenya Commercial Bank), Eric Mochache, Oscar Ouma, Godfrey Mbeya, (Nakuru), Dennis Muhanji, Allan Omuka, Patrice Agunda, Tony Mutai, Kevin Keegan, David Ambunya, Felix Ayange, Sidney Ashioya, Willy Ambaka, Wilson Kopondo, Nato Simiyu, Leon Adongo, Eden Agero, (Quins), Eric Avungana, Michael Agevi, Horace Otieno, Daniel Sikuta, Joseph Oriwo, Humphrey Kayange, Chris Asego, Edgar Abere, Lavin Asego, Collins Injera, Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Philip Wamae, Ken Moseti, Biko Adema, Benedict Nyambu (Nondies), Michael Wanjala, Charles Omondi, Joseph Opuk, Billy Odhiambo, Edwin Salamba, Cyprian Kubo, Tony Onyango, (Strathmore University), Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz), Robert Aringo (Impala).

Eric Odanga

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