NAIROBI, July 28 – The national 15s rugby team will miss the services of four key players in their forthcoming 2011 World Cup qualifier against Tunisia.
Fly half Lavin Asego, former captain Daniel Kiptoo, Joel Ng’ang’a and Vincent Odera will not make the trip for the tough away match in Tunis on August 2.
Asego and Ng’ang’a will not be able to travel because of work commitments while Kiptoo and Ongera have school commitments.
National head coach Michael Tank Otieno has kept faith with most of the players who did duty against Cameroon
Seven national sevens rugby team players are among a squad of 22 selected for the qualifier. Wilson Kopondo, George Mbaye, Collins Injera, Biko Adema, Humphrey Kayange, Horace Otieno and Innocent Simiyu all from the shorter version of the game are in the squad as Kenya seeks to make use of its experienced back row.
The team will leave for Tunis on Wednesday.
The team had week long training stint with two South Africa coaches. Greg Hechter, the conditioning coach for Super 14 side Western Stormers and former Springbok second row, Hendrik Bekker, worked on the team’s synergy and teamwork.
Kenya thrashed Cameroon 76-98 in their last World Cup qualifier to stay on course for a place in the next round scoring ten tries, nine of which were converted, while Cameroon replied with one try and a penalty. Collins Injera was the toast of the Kenya team scoring three tries while Lavin Asego and Kayange scored a brace each.
The match saw Kenya move to the top of group C by virtue of having a better points aggregate with a match in hand.
Elsewhere, Cote d’Ivoire beat Zambia 32-9 in Abidjan while Madagascar overcame Botswana 45-15 in Antananarivo.
The winner of each of the pools will play in the semi-finals and final of the qualification process next year.
Derrick Wamalwa(France), Frankline Amiani(Kenya Commercial Bank), Kennedy Gikaru(Kenya Harlequin), Paul Okech (Mwamba), George Odipo(Kenya Harlequin), Wilson Kopondo(Mean Machine), Ferdinand Ngaira(Nakuru), George Mbaye(Mwamba), Peter Mutai(Kenya Commercial Bank), Lawrence Buyachi(Nakuru), Collins Injera(Mwamba), Biko Adema(Nondescripts), Humphrey Kayange(Mwamba), Horace Otieno(Mwamba), Innocent Simiyu(Impala),Anthony Ogot (Kenya Commercial Bank), Jude Thumbi(Kenya Harlequin), Paul Murunga(Kenya Commercial Bank), Paul Oimbo(Impala), David Gitau(Kenya Harlequin), Cyprian Shimenga(Nakuru) and Vincent Mose(Nakuru)
Coach: Michael Tank Otieno,
Assistant Coach: Edward Kinyany
Team manager: Wangila Simiyu