Kenya Lionesses TM Suspended

By the punter
Apr 09, 2021
  • CAR Women's Sevens tournament kicks off in Machakos on Saturday.

Three days before the Africa Rugby Confederation Women’s Sevens kicks off in Machakos, Kenya Lionesses camp has been rocked by the suspension of team manager Doris Mwanzia.

The position has been handed to Angela Olum a former player. Sportsnewsarena.com learned of the change when the squads were declared on Tuesday and efforts to contact the KRU for a comment have been unsuccessful.

We also tried to get in touch with Mwanzia but she was unavailable. Such was the impact that the players threatened not to play in the one-day tournament which has eight countries. The big question is the timing of the decision and whether it will affect the team’s performance.

In the meantime, Kenya has made only one change to the team that toured Hong Kong as preparations for the hit the home stretch. Mary Otieno, a non traveling reserve for Hong Kong Sevens replaces Stacy Awuor.

Emily Woods and Janet Okello who were doubtful have been included in the 12-member team for the event to be played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.

The teams have been training at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground daily as they hope to make an impact in Machakos. Kenya has been drawn in a tough Pool A which has the defending champions South Africa, Madagascar and Senegal.

Three teams, South Africa, Uganda and Tunisia have been to the Rugby World Cup Sevens and all eyes are on the teams as Africa pushes for inclusion in the IRB Women’s Sevens Series.

Declared squads

Kenya: Doreen Remour, Camilyne Awuor, Catherine Abila, Celestine Masinde, Emily Woods, Irene Otieno, Janet Owino, Janet Okello, Mary Musieka, Philadelphia Olando, Rachael Adhiambo, Mary Otieno.

Madagascar: Claudia Maminiaina Rasoarimalala, Marie Voahirana Sophie. Mamy Angele Lalaharison, Tsiriniaina Bodonirina Ravololoharijaona, Sylvie Odette Ravaorimanana, Veronique Rasaonekena, Felaniaina Rakotoarison, Andoniaina Randrianaruaona, Herizo Lydie Rasaorimanana, Farasoa Tantley Razafimahefa, Sarindra Sahondramalala, Nairora Raharinirina.

Namibia: Samantha Block Fulchen, Eberenz Leonora, Mouton Hilrid, Mannel Denise,, Eimann Sade, Josob Bonita, Christel Kotze, Bernadina Buys, Aranxta Loubser, Cornelia Gaoses, Geraldine Louw, Jansen Nessckeenett.

Senegal: Fatoumata Bah, Bassel Ndeye Ngone, Dianaba Camara, Cisse Cira Camara, Fatou Diame, Diouf Ndeye, Konde Awa, Marie The, Anna Michelle Preira, Seck SAidia Fatou Binetou, Assiettou Seydi, Thiombane Ndeye Marieme.

South Africa: Jade Jordan Zenay, Pienaar Marithy, Jacoline Brown Lorinda, Goda Nosiphiwo, Jasmine Grain Veroshka, Beauty Mayongo Nomaphelo, Kriel Jacqueline, Charlotte Mokwai Nomsa, Vazi Vuyolwethu, Plaatjie Fundiswa, Natanya Mathrin, Rachelle Glendehuys.

Tunisia: Safe Temimi Abire, Magroui Adhir, Dardouri Amal, Gharbi Amani, Khmli Dhekra, Abdejilil Houda, Soussi Ines, Gmir Khouloud, Mekni Mariem, Othmani Rawia, Amari Rfeka, Bel Hadji Ali Rim, Dellaji Sawsen.

Uganda: Aisha Nakityo, Brenda Kayiyi, Charlotte Mudoola, Claire Anena, Emmanuella Oroma, Helen Buteme, Hellen Gizamba, Hilda Nyariguhirwa, Joan Mukoya, Mary Odoyi, Regina Athieno, Rosenburg Kanyunyuzi.

Zimbabwe: Barbara Ruramai Shumbi, Charity Macucuti, Chengetai Katumha, Getrude Masora, Margaret Magwaro, Precious Marange, Precious Pazani, Rumbidzai Chabveka, Privillege Musere Ruvimbo, Sinqobile Mpofu, Glory Marufu Tariroyashe, Linda Chitewe Tatenda.