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Olaba drafted to provisional Chipu squad

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Alex Olaba tackled by Conor Trainor of Canada during last year’s  Dubai Sevens –Photo/Warren Little/Getty Images Europe

Alex Olaba tackled by Conor Trainor of Canada during last year’s Dubai Sevens –Photo/Warren Little/Getty Images Europe

NAIROBI, June 16-Head coach Paul Odera has included Alex Olaba in his 38-man provisional squad that is preparing for the August Africa Cup Division 1A Championships in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The 18 year-old Pan Africa Strathmore Leos back featured at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China and was part of Paul Treu’s Kenya Sevens squad for the opening three legs of the 2014/15 Sevens World Series.

He also played at last year’s Rugby Afrique Division 1A championships in Windhoek when Kenya lost in the final to hosts Namibia.

The squad had their first residential training camp on last week and are scheduled to hold a second residential camp on the weekend of 3-5 July.

“The first training camp was a success. The players got to bond and work with the technical bench.

“We have so many good players and look forward to getting the best out of the boys, especially with the continental showpiece coming up in two months’ time,” team manager Philip Mwenesi underlined.

The team is coached by former international Odera assisted by ex-Kenya lock Mike Aung and former Sevens vice-captain Gibson Weru.

SQUAD: 

Forwards

Simon Wekesa (Bungoma RFC), Douglas Ochami, Tyson Okoth, Steve Shammah (Impala Saracens),Frank Kalwale, Moses Okeyo, Elisha Koronya (Kenya Harlequin), Vincent Mwikhali, Fredrick Yoga, Roxy Shuchi (Kabras Sugar),Aaron Khalechi, Collins Shikoli, Brian Otieno, Keith Wasike (Homeboyz), Vincent Owino (KCB), George Gitau (Top Fry Nakuru),Julius Shabaan (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Davis Imbuchi (UoE Trojans), Victor Wanyama (Thika RFC), Steve Anthony (Laiser Hill Academy)

Backs:

Brian Gisemba, Brian C.Otieno, Nelson Sangura, Lameck Kimutai, Ian Omondi,Dan Abuonji (Homeboyz),Anthony Odhiambo,Wilson Okoyo (Impala Saracens), Alex Olaba, Edgar Khafumi (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Albert Obura, Moses Orara, Anthony Kariemburi (Top Fry Nakuru), Brian Mokua (Western Bulls),Charles Kuka (Mwamba), Dennis Juma (KCB), John Ochar (Eldoret RFC),Brian S. Simiyu (Bungoma High School)

Head Coach: Paul Odera, Assistant Coaches: Gibson Weru, Mike Aung, S&C Coach: Masti Mike Owino Physio: Stella Mwende ,TEAM MANAGER: Philip Mwenesi  SELECTORS: Pau Murunga, Nicholas Aballa

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