Mwamba RFC’s Dennis Ombachi has been named in the Kenya Sevens squad for the next two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas (4-6 March) and Vancouver ( 12-13 March) .
Resolution Impala Saracens utility back Samuel Oliech (above) has been handed his World Series début while Mwamba’s Dennis Ombachi who scored the try that secured Kenya’s Olympic qualification has been called up for his first appearance of the season. Augustine Lugonzo and Leonard Mugaisi also return to the fray after last appearing in Dubai and Cape Town respectively.
The players rested for this tour are Donald Aluoch, Nelson Oyoo, Eden Agero and Bush Mwale who is injured.
Ayimba said the changes were rotational, adding, “ Mugaisi and Lugonzo have been there before.As always we want to introduce a younger player, in this case Sammy Oliech. “
Speaking on group composition, Ayimba said, “It is tricky to play teams that are below us because they come hard knowing that we are a scalp that they can claim. Our last outing against New Zealand was not pretty and we look to improve our performance and not lift our foot off the pedal.”
Kenya are in Pool A and will face New Zealand, Portugal and Russia. Kenya is currently eighth on the Sevens World Series log after four tournaments, on 42 points.
The team departs for Vegas on Sunday 28 February and returns to the country on Thursday 17 March.
Squad to Las Vegas and Vancouver
Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Oscar Ouma (Top Fry Nakuru), Humphrey Kayange (Mwamba), Augustine Lugonzo (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), William Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Oscar Ayodi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Billy Odhiambo (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Leonard Mugaisi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Samuel Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens)Non travelling reserves Eden Agero (Kenya Harlequin), Samuel Motari (Resolution Impala Saracens), Robert Aringo (Resolution Impala Saracens)
Management: Benjamin Ayimba (Head Coach), Paul Murunga (Assistant Coach), Geoffrey Kimani (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Lameck Bogonko (Physio), Newton Ong’alo (Team Manager)
Local Timings For Kenya’s Matches In Vegas
Saturday 5 March 2016
3.13am v Russia
6.14am v Portugal
10.54pm v New Zealand