Kayange, Injera out of UK 7s tour
Kayange, a former captain and leading try scorer and his brother Injera will not feature in the series enders due to school and work commitments head coach Mitch Ocholla confirmed while naming the team on Friday.
The team will welcome back skipper Sydney Ashioya, Lavin Asego and Biko Adema, the regulars who missed the previous two legs in Hong Kong and Japan where Kenya failed to make the Main Cup quarters.
Ocholla added the aim of the side was to end the World Series on a high as he blamed contractual issues as well as the unavailability of key players for their dismal run this season.
“We are falling short of our targets because of the problems we are having. We have to go and better our performance that has been a Main Cup quarters and Plate win in the Las Vegas and Wellington Sevens,” the tactician stressed.
Kenya Rugby Union entered into a Sh290 sponsorship deal with carrier Kenya Airways that was to see players paid bonuses depending on their performances at the World Series but players have complained about delayed payment.
At the same time, the coach disclosed the country would send a development side to the Roma 7s in Italy that will run from May 17 to 19 as Kenya seeks to have more depth for future IRB Series campaigns.
“We have performed below our expectations and will be seeking at least a Main Cup semi in the two remaining legs and improve on our standings,” Ocholla added.
Meanwhile national 15s coach Michael ‘Tank’ Otieno has named new call-ups for the side that will feature in the return Elgon Cup clash against Uganda on Saturday.
Peter Mutai, Eden Agelo, Tony Onyango and Anthony Mutai have been drafted to the team that will seek to overturn a 19-5 deficit from the first leg in Kampala last weekend.
“We have learnt from our errors which has prompted us to reinforce the line up with players who will give us the push forward as we plan to defend our title,” team manager Wangila Simiyu said on Friday.
The Kenya Women’s team who also trail Uganda 15-6 from their Women’s Elgon Cup first leg clash in Kampala last weekend was also named at the same venue.
Team Manager Yvonne Makwali, said, “ We intend to use our mobile, agile forwards to not only secure and retain possession, but also make inroads into Ugandan territory as we go in pursuit of points and ultimately the Elgon Cup title.”
They will be without captain Abedeen Shikoyi, injured during last weekend’s first leg clash and have handed the armband to Doreen Remour in the match where Doris Silantoi will make her debut.
Sidney Ashioya (Captain), Lavin Asego (Vice Captain), Leon Ojiambo, Victor Oduor, Biko Adema, Joseph Oriwo, William Ambaka, Michael Matayo, Patrice Agunda, Horace Owiti, Felix Ayange, Michael Agevi
15s Men squad
22. Kelvin Otieno Omiyo (Homeboyz), 21. Isaac Adimo (Quins), 20. Leslie Libasia (Quins), 19. Anthony Mutai (Quins), 18. Kevin Umbuge (Impala), 17.Duncan Mwangi (Nakuru), 16. Curtis Lilako (KCB), 15. Chris Oduor (Quins), 14. Vincent Mose (Impala), 13. Dennis Muhanji (Quins), 12. Nick Barasa (Quins), 11. Tony Onyango (Strathmore), 10. Eden Agero (Quins), 9. Peter Mutai (KCB), 8. Lawrence Buyachi (Impala), 7. Brian Nyikuli (Quins), 6.Duncan Ekasi (Impala), 5. Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondies), 4. Wilson Kopondo (Quins), 3. Dennis Karani (Quins), 2. Sammy Warui (Nakuru), 1. Joel Ng’ang’a (Quins, CAPTAIN)
15s Women squad
22. Linda Anyango, 21. Doris Silantoi, 20. Shaniz Gakumi, 19. Alice Akinyi, 18. Rachel Adhiambo, 17.Philadelphia Olando, 16. Millicent Opala, 15. Mary Otieno, 14. Mary Musieka, 13. Linda Nandwa, 12. Keziah Achieng’, 11. Janet Midecha, 10. Janet Awuor, 9. Irene Awino, 8. Florence Awuor, 7. Everlyne Odero, 6.Doreen Remour, 5. Damima Duffield, 4. Celestine Masinde, 3. Camilyne Awuor, 2. Adelaide Nasambu, 1. Stacy Awuor