Rugby

Kenya 7s teams boosted by the return of key personnel ahead of Stellenbosch and Tunisia solidarity camps

The Kenya 7s men’s team-Shujaa and their female counterparts Lionesses are in camp in Kasarani as preparations for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games hit top gear.

Shujaa kicked of their camp today morning and will be in camp for two weeks while the Lionesses got theirs rolling yesterday and will be in camp for eight days. Both camps are sponsored by the National Olympics Committee-Kenya (NOCK) to assist all Tokyo 2020 qualified teams to prepare for the event scheduled for July 2021.

Both teams took part in the Emirates Invitational7s in Dubai and they landed in the country only ten days ago. After the camp, Shujaa will head to South Africa for the Rugby Africa Men 7s solidarity camp in Stellenbosch while the Lionesses will head straight to Tunisia for their solidarity camp before heading out for another pre-Olympics prep tournament, the combined Los Angeles 7s in June.

Preparations for both teams have received a major boost with key players returning to camp. Shujaa welcome back Collins Injera, Dennis Ombachi, and Daniel Sikuta who missed all prior preparation camps in Madrid and Dubai while Alvin Marube and Mark Kwemoi will be looking to force their way back into Coach Innocent Simiyu’s plans having missed the Dubai trip.

For the Lionesses, Coach Felix Oloo will be glad to have fly-half Grace Adhiambo back after missing out on the Madrid and Dubai tours as she sat for her KCSE exams.

At the Stellenbosch Academy of Sports Shujaa will be joined by hosts South Africa, Zimbabwe, and neighbors Uganda. Zimbabwe and Uganda have qualified for the Olympics Repechage slated for 19-20 June 2021 in Monaco.

The teams will arrive in South Africa on 6th May; the first tournament will take place on 8th and 9th May while the second one will be held on 14th and 15th May.

In Tunisia, the Lionesses will battle it out with hosts Tunisia and Madagascar. The camp will be in Tunis at the Maison du Rugby. All teams will converge on 29th April with the first two-day tournament slated for 1st and 2nd May while the second tournament will take place on 7th and 8th May. Both Madagascar and Tunisia are preparing for the Olympics Repechage.

Shujaa squad in Kasarani Camp: William Ambaka, Vincent Onyala, Herman Humwa, Alvin Otieno, Dennis Ombachi, Harold Anduvate, Andrew Amonde, Bush Mwale, Daniel Sikuta, Jeffrey Oluoch, Collins Injera, Daniel Taabu, Johnstone Olindi, Tony Omondi, Billy Odhiambo, Alvin Marube, Nelson Oyoo, Mark Kwemoi, Levi Amunga, Derrick Keyoga, Jacob Ojee

Lionesses in Camp: Philadelphia Olando, Sheila Chajira, Cynthia Camilla, Christabel Lindo, Stellah Wafula, Janet Okello, Sarah Oluche, Naomi Amuguni, Enid Ouma, Terry Ayesa, Leah Wambui, Diana Awino, Sinaida Aura, Judith Auma, Linet Moraa, Ann Goreti, Diana Kerubo, Grace Adhiambo, Vivian Akumu, Emmaculate Awuor, Joy Kendagor, Celestine Masinde

Additional reporting from www.kru.co.ke

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