Treu names exciting mix for Gold Coast

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 01, 2021
  • Maxwell Theuri impressed as a sweeper and returns to the team after making his debut in Hong Kong. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Leonard Mugaisi from Homeboyz got the nod from Treu. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

The Kenya squad to the opening round of the 2014/2015 HSBC Sevens World Series, the Gold Coast Sevens has been announced.

Head Coach Paul Treu has named a squad that sees Andrew Amonde retain the captaincy. He has also included five other players with previous series appearances.

They are Fabian Olando, Davis Chenge, Max Theuri, Cyprian and Leonard Mugaisi while handing series debuts to Oliver Mang’eni, Bush Mwale, Michael Wanjala “ Junior”, Augustine Lugonzo, Alex Olaba and Jacob Ojee.

Ojee was the top try scorer and most valuable player at the recently concluded Safaricom Sevens Series which doubles up as the Kenya Club Sevens Champions while Lugonzo was top points scorer in the same competition.

Olaba featured for Kenya at the recent Youth Olympics Rugby Sevens Competition in Nanjing, China.

Speaking to the Kenya Rugby Union about his selection, Treu said, “We have managed to select a young, but exciting mix of players from the recently concluded Safaricom Series and the Safaricom 7s tournament.

As we are heading into the Olympic Qualifying season, we are under no illusion that it will be a massive challenge for our young players to firstly find their feet and secondly, to keep striving for excellence.

We will resume training on Thursday morning before we depart in the evening for a short camp in Johannesburg (South Africa). The team departs on Monday 6 October for Gold Coast where we will have to hit the ground running before we start playing on the Saturday,” he concluded.

Kenya squad:  Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Bush Mwale (Homeboyz), Fabian Olando (KCB), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Davis Chenge (Western Bulls), Maxwell Theuri (Quins), Michael Wanjala (Homeboyz), Cyprian Kuto (Strathmore), Augustine Lugonzo (Homeboyz), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Leonard Mugaisi (Homeboyz), Alex Olaba (Strathmore).

Management: Paul Treu (Head Coach), Vuyo Zangqa (Assistant Coach), Graham Bentz ( Strength and Conditioning Coach), Felix Ochieng’ (Team Manager), Lameck Bogonko (Physiotherapist).