Jubilant Shujaa docks down south, ready for Cape Town 7’s
Kenya national rugby 7’s team landed safely in Cape Town ahead of this weekend’s second round of IRB World Rugby Series in South Africa.
Posting the squad photo in the official Shujaa twitter account on arrival, the team looked jubilant and are expected to camp for two days before their kick off on Friday against France at 3pm and then tackle Russia at 6pm. Shujaa’s last pool ‘A’ match in the Cape Town 7’s will be against South Africa at 10.56 pm.
The Innocent Simiyu coached side will however be without experienced duo of Collins Injera and Dennis Ombachi who got injuries in the first leg in the Dubai Sevens.
Menengai Oilers flyer Samuel Muregi and centre Eric Ombasa will be debutants in South Africa, coming in for injured Ombachi (calf) and Injera (hamstring).
The 20- year old Muregi and the 22-year old Ombasa are not new to the team after their inclusion in the 42-man provisional squad named after the conclusion of this year’s national Sevens Circuit.
They both played in the Saflands 7’s in Namibia where Kenya defeated South Africa Select 19-12 to be crowned champions.
Muregi was also on the score sheet in the finals, scoring a try together with Sammy Oliech and Willy Ambaka to give Shujaa the win.
Top Fry Nakuru RFC flanker Oscar Ouma has also joined the team and will be the deputy captain to Oscar Ayodi.
Ouma was in the Shujaa squad for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens, 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.