Kayange returning to 7's squad for Wellington?

By the punter
Jan 18, 2022
  • Humphrey Kayange, a former Kenya captain could return to the team after passing a fitness test. Benjamin Ayimba will name the traveling squad on Tuesday.

Three players who did duty for the Kenya Sevens team in Cape Town, South Africa could give way to three others when Benjamin Ayimba names the squad for the next two legs in New Zealand and Australia on Tuesday.

A decision on the final 12 players traveling was supposed to be made after the training session on Monday. The team's technical bench has remained tight-lipped and Ayimba could only talk about the preparations which he said have been intense with stiff competition for the available places.

Andrew Amonde, the team captain who missed the SA trip because of personal reasons is expected to be back in the line up and assume the leadership from Collins Injera was in charge of the opening two legs in Dubai and South Africa.

The coach hinted there could only be minimal changes to the team that finished fourth after a dream performance in Cape Town which which saw them upset hosts South Africa and narrowly lose to Argentina in the Cup quarters and France in the play-off.

"Selecting the team has been hard. The boys have been working quite hard and deserve a place in the team. We are still committed to giving all the players a chance and the changes will just be a normal rotation," the coach explained.

Besides Amonde, there is a chance Ayimba may include Humphrey Kayange, a former captain who has been training. "Kayange has been training well and like any other player has a chance of being selected," an evasive Ayimba answered.

Before the Monday session, Sports News Arena learned one of the players who was in South Africa could be dropped on disciplinary grounds and his place taken by a non-traveling reserve. "The players know what is required of them," offered Ayimba.

We authoritatively confirmed that Robert Aringo could be one of the players surrendering his place to the newcomers. Dennis Ombachi who resumed training two weeks ago is unlikely to be one of the players traveling to New Zealand and Australia.

One of the criteria for being considered is constant training and team discipline. "It will be unfair to include in the team somebody who has not been consistent in training," stated Ayimba.

Sam Oliech who only started training with the team is a work in progress and could be considered for the next tournaments. He is the best line breaker at the strike run and also packs a good boot which may come in handy.

The team departs for New Zealand on January 24.

Cape Town squad: Oscar Ayodi, Bush Mwale, Frank Wanyama, Eden Agero, Billy Odhiambo, Robert Aringo, Biko Adema, Oscar Ouma, Leonard Mugaisi, Nelson Oyoo, Collins Injera, William Ambaka.