Kenya start their HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series qualifier with a Pool A clash against Papua New Guinea at 5.30am on Thursday morning in Hong Kong.
Head Coach Kevin Wambua speaking to Kenya Rugby before the team’s departure for Hong Kong said, ” I do believe the first game against Papua new Guinea will be important for us in terms of how we want to play the tournament. It will be important for us to be quick off the blocks and post a good result in that game.”
They will play Mexico at 8.04am before winding up pool play with a match against continental rivals South Africa at 11.00am.
Commenting on the South Africa clash, Wambua said, ” We are relishing the match against South Africa, seeing as we lost to them by five points during the Women’s Africa Cup Sevens final. Our players are much more confident, fitter and technically apt and are looking to give them a run for their money. “
The Lionesses reached the cup quarterfinal stage at last year’s qualifier and will be out to go all the way this time round and secure core status for the 2018/19 season.