The Kenya Lionesses were crowned the Africa7s Champions in May. They beat Uganda Lady Cranes in the AfricaWomen7s in the final to lift the Champions Title.
By virtue of being the African Champions, the ladies were invited to participate in the second leg of the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series, the Dubai7s which takes place on the 29th and 30th of November.
The team is in Pool A alongside Ireland, Russia and the Glendale Champions, New Zealand. Glendale is the first leg of the Women’s Sevens Series.
Head Coach, Kevin Wambua had this to share, “Our main goal is to be ready for next year, being in this Pool is big for us as we have qualifiers for the HSBC Series as well as the Olympics in Tokyo. We want to use this tournament to test some of the new players coming into the system.” Training so far has been very positive, we have brought in some new players who have a lot of potential in them. Our main focus especially with them is then need to fine tune their skill set in preparation for the coming year.”
True to his word, Wambua has selected three new call ups in his Dubai 7s squad; Stella Wafula, Anne Gorety and Christabel Tata all from the Standard Chartered Impala Ladies. The three join nine regulars in the squad: Captain Philadelphia Olando (Northern Suburbs), Sheila Chajira(Homeboyz), Sinaida Aura(Northern Suburbs), Sarah Oluche(Mwamba), Diana Awino(Standard Chartered Impala Ladies), Grace Adhiambo(Nakuru), Janet Okello(Mwamba), Sophia Ayietta(Homeboyz) and Cynthia Camilla(Homeboyz).
Including the three new faces is part of our long term plan for the Lionesses to have depth as we prepare for the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers later next year.
The team leaves for Dubai on Sunday 25th November.
Management: Head Coach – Kevin Wambua, Team Manager – Camilyne Oyuayo, Physio – Ben Mahinda, SnC Coach – Samuel Njogu