Homeboyz have had a dream start to their debut tour of the Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens. They were supposed to have played a select team from Namibia who failed to travel giving the Kenyan’s a bye.
But they have a much tougher opponent in their first match on friday against Pool D top seeds British Army. “Any British Army side is always tough and we know that only one win will steer us to the quarter finals,” said coach Paul Murunga. The former KCB and Kenya forward who has multiple roles as the team’s coach, manager and physiotherapist admitted they have a youthful side.
This is why he invited two experienced players – Dennis Mwanja and Dan Weku – from Kenya Commercial Bank and Impala to provide the balance.“The young players have welcomed the two and are ready to learn,” Murunga added. His plan is simple, harass the opponents on defence and control possession on attack. There are three players who have turned out for Shujaa, Kenya’s development side. They are Ken Moseti, Hezbon Mataya and Collins Mulaa.
Homeboyz have been drawn in Pool D of the International Invitational Men’s category. Other teams in the Pool are British Army and Spartak.
Watembezi Veterans on the other hand lost their opening two matches at The Sevens Sports Complex in Dubai.
Drawn in a tough Pool C which has Xodus Steelers, Agility and Bishop Stortford Vets, the Kenyan oldhands fielded only seven players and lost to a good Agility side 0-26. In the next match, Watembezi Vets trailed 0-29 at half time but were overran 50-0 by the Pool C top seeds Xodus Steelers. This match was watched by Kenya Lionessess and Homeboyz.
Friday, Watembezi Vets play Bishop Stortford Vets from 8 am. The top seeds in the veterans category are CNFC Vets.
The sweltering heat at the venue took toll on the Watembezi Veterans who fielded Kenya Lionesses coach Sammy Kemmey, a former Kenya scrum-half.
Team manager Doris Mwanzia admitted they had a tough outing in the opening two matches.
Homeboyz Squad: Steve Matioli (captain), Dennis Mwanja, Sebastian Shiboka, Dan Weku, Ken Moseti, Steve Sakwa, Oscar Ayodi, Hezbon Mataya, Ian Were, Collins Mulaa, Kingsley Litali, Curtis Katembo. Paul Murunga (coach).
Eric Odanga in Dubai