NAIROBI, Kenya, February 12- Kenya will be without record try-scorer Collins Injera when they take on their Pool D opponents this weekend at the Las Vegas 7s after he was given leave to return home for the birth of his second child.
Dennis Muhanji will take the place of star winger in the side after he featured in Shujaa’s most successful outing this season when the team won 10 points at the Wellington 7s in New Zealand following his return to the fold under new coach Felix ‘Toti’ Ochieng.
“Injera has returned home to be by his wife’s side as they expect their second child any moment from now,” a statement from Kenya Rugby Union confirmed.
“It is of course a life event that we as a team and management do not take for granted. We appreciate the role loved ones play in the wellbeing of our players and management, they are the unsung heroes who celebrate quietly and soldier emotions in good and bad times. We respect the institution of marriage in the same breath as we do employers and academic institutions.”
“Yes, Collins plays a pivotal role on and off the pitch and his commitment to the cause is unquestionable. We wish him well and look forward to having him back in training more enthused and as a proud father,” Ochieng said.
“He comes in as we look to maintain our balance both technically and tactically without compromising on our deliverables, while at the same time it is a fantastic opportunity and challenge for Muhanji for we believe he can contribute positively to our team goals,” the tactician added on his replacement.
Kenya squad for Vegas
Andrew Amonde (Captain, KCB), Lavin Asego (Mwamba),Daniel Sikuta (Mwamba)Billy Odhiambo (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Tonny Owuor ( Pan Africa Strathmore Leos),Michael Wanjala (Pan Africa Strathmore Loes),Tony Onyango (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz), Bush Mwale (Homeboyz), Patrice Agunda (Kenya Harlequin), Felix Ayange (Kenya Harlequin), Dennis Muhanji (Kenya Harlequin)