Sikuta to debut for Kenya 7s in Gold Coast

By francis marangu
Sep 27, 2021
  • Mwamba's Dan Sikuta in action for Morans. He has been included in Kenya 7s team for Gold Coast.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Kenya 7s Andrew Amonde with chairman Mwangi Muthee.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Mwamba RFCs Dan Sikuta will make his international debut for Kenya Sevens team at the Gold Coast leg of the HSBC 2013/14 World Series taking place in Australia from October 12-13.

The 20-year old player is the surprise inclusion in the final team named on Friday. He was impressive at the Safaricom Safari Sevens last weekend and his inclusion was purely anchored on positive performance.

Strathmore University’s Billy Odhiambo is another youthful player who has made the cut in a team that majorly comprises of experienced faces.

Andrew Amonde will captain the team after impressing in his debut season while Collins Injera will deputise.

“We are going out with our goals well set. Our preparations were good and this team is going flat out for victory,” noted Amonde who took over the team’s captaincy from Humphrey Kayange.

Nondescripts’ Biko Adema has won the race against injury and makes the travelling list together with Oscar Ouma of Nakuru RFC, Kenya Harlequins quartet of Patrice Agunda, Sidney Ashioya, Eden Agero and Felix Ayange.

Philip Wamae and Fabian Olando both of KCB complete the list.

Lavin Asego and Horace Otieno are the regular faces missing out owing to work commitments and injury respectively while stiff competition has seen Davis Chenge fall out of the pecking order.

The Western Bulls player was a regular member of the team last season.

Ambaka out for 7s available for 15

Willy Ambaka, who turned professional with French rugby club Lyon, is sure to miss out on all the nine legs this season but will be available for the fifteens side.

Kenya Rugby Union chairman Mwangi Muthee confirmed this saying it offers an opportunity for other players to compete for his position.

“Willie is gone which we dearly appreciate. Such a move shows that our efforts are bearing fruit and you will see many more follow in his footsteps before the close of this season.”

In the absence of a substantive head coach, assistant coach Felix Ochieng will be incharge of the team in Australia and Muthee has expressed confidence in the technical bench.

“I want to reiterate that we have full faith in the technical bench led by Felix Ochieng. We have been on a journey and Gold Coast is part of that,” he said.

After a long suspense on the successor to Mike Friday, it is now official that the new head coach will be unveiled after the team jets back from Gold Coast.

“Kenya still needs a professional coach because we are on takeoff. We are zeroing in on the new man and a strength and conditioning partner,” affirmed Muthee who was guarded on the name of the possible candidate.

He allayed fears that the current members of the technical bench will be swept away by the new team insisting that they will work hand-in-hand.

“We want a person who will be able to work well with the current team and make Kenya a giant in the sevens rugby.”

Full Squad: Andrew Amonde (Captain), Philip Wamae, Fabian Olando (KCB), Collins Injera, Dan Sikuta (Mwamba), Oscar Ouma (Nakuru RFC), Eden Agero, Patrice Agunda, Felix Ayange, Sidney Ashioya (Kenya Harlequins), Biko Adema (Nondescript RFC), Billy Odhiambo (Strathmore University); Management- Felix Ochieng (Coach), Steve Sewe (Team Manager), George Odhiambo (Physio), Michael Owino (Strength & Conditioning), Geoffrey Kimani (Strength & Conditioning).