Kenya seek redemption in Hong Kong


NAIROBI, Kenya, March 25- The return of Biko Adema to the Kenya Sevens team for the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend should be the perfect tonic to a forgettable outing in Adelaide last weekend.Benjamin Ayimba’s side left Australia without any points in the bag after failing to reach the main cup quarter finals and will be under immense pressure to do so at the magnificent Hong Kong stadium.

Adema’s inclusion is expected to inject some much needed rhythm to Kenya’s attack after it was found wanting last weekend.

One of the strength’s of the Nondiescripts standoff is support player which makes an option at centre where he should play a supporting to the sublime line breaking ability of Lavin Asego.

The plan to use Dennis Mwanja and Victor Sudi as impact players off the bench was blown out of the water as the veterans seemed to struggle with the pace of the game in Adelaide after playing most of the season in the Kenya Cup.

Sudi’s Kenya Harlequins club mate Dennis Muhanji gave a good account of himself in the last outing which puts him in line for an increased role in Asia.

Victor Oduor’s absence told in more ways than one especially at the set piece where Kenya gave away a lot of turnover ball than in recent memory.

First time tackling was also non existent especially in the pool game against Fiji and the bowl final against England.

The path to redemption starts against Pool F rivals Korea on Friday at 1.20 pm Kenya time.

It will be the first meeting for both sides in four years with Kenya narrowly winning the last encounter 17-14.

Its get tougher on Saturday morning when Humphrey Kayange and line up against the formidable Zimbabweans.

Zimbabwe will be shuddering at the memories of the last time this fixture took place where Kenya put in one of their best ever performances to post a score of 50-0 in George last December.

At 1.56 pm, Kenya will be up against a South African side keen to get their campaign back on the rails after a poor run of form.

Kenya has a poor record against the Springboks in Hong Kong losing two of their previous encounters but since then have been able match the defending series champions toe to toe.

Both sides staged an epic 12-12 draw in George last year and Saturday’s rematch promises to bring a spectacular close to the pool proceedings