The national squads to the Inter Regional Sevens in Madrid, Spain were announced in Nairobi on Friday morning.
Grace Adhiambo is the notable absentee from the women’s squad, academic commitments keeping her out of the Madrid trip.
Lionesses Head Coach Felix Oloo, commenting on team selection, said, “”I named the squad based on who is ready to play. I’m keen on improving on areas we were not good at it especially kick-offs and defence as well as 50-50 balls.”
Talking about his team’s intentions in Madrid, Oloo said, “We had already qualified for Tokyo. We want to go there and perform not just participate.”
Innocent Simiyu, his Shujaa counterpart, also named his travelling party with Nelson Oyoo and Herman Humwa as co-captains.
Commenting on the task at hand, Simiyu said, ““The main target is to get our players at par with fitness as we haven’t had rugby for almost 11 months. Our attack structures, where are we in responding to our plays will be one of the key focus. The players named here are the ones we’ve had in all sessions.”
The Inter Region tournament is being hosted by the Federación Española de Rugby (FER) and supported by World Rugby and will feature up to 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams participating across two successive weekends (20/21 February) and (27/28 February).
The Shujaa and Lionesses squads to Madrid, Spain for the Inter Region Sevens
Philadelphia Olando (Captain), Celestine Masinde, Sheila Chajira, Ann Goretti, Stella Wafula, Naomi Amuguni, Camilla Cynthia, Janet Okello, Linet Moraa, Enid Ouma, Diana Awino, Christabel Lindo, Sarah Oluche
Nelson Oyoo (Co-Captain), Herman Humwa (Co-captain),Alvin Otieno, Andrew Amonde, Harold Anduvati, Vincent Onyala, Willy Ambaka, Daniel Taabi, Johnstone Olindi, Mark Kwemoi, Tony Omondi, Billy Odhiambo, Derrick Keyoga, Jacob Ojee, Jeff Oluoch
Non Travelling Reserves: Alvin Marube, Bush Mwale, Levi Amunga