Fijian-born Kubu called up for Shujaa duty
Fijian-born rugby star Joan Kubu has earned his maiden call up to the National Sevens rugby team Shujaa, in the latest 27-man squad announced by Head Coach Innocent Namcos Simiyu.
Kubu who plays for Kabras Sugar in the Kenya Cup is among the four fifteens named in the squad alongside John Okoth, Timothy Okwemba and Derrick Ashihudu for the Malaga7s and Seville7s tournaments on 21st-23rd and 28th-30th Jan respectively.
The 2021 Kenya U20 star Richel Wangila is another new addition to the team as Simiyu retained four players who featured in last year’s Safari sevens tournament: Benson Salem, Arcadius Khwesa, Zedden Marrow and Hannington Wabwire.
The young faces included in the latest squad will play a key role as Simiyu continues to build a strong squad that will represent Kenya at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and Rugby World Cups 7s in Cape Town July and September 2022 respectively.
The camp kicked off on 3rd January after breaking briefly for the December festivities until they departed for Spain tournaments.
Shujaa are in Pool D alongside France, Canada and Wales and will kick off their action against Canada on Friday 21st January at 1:22pm followed by their fixture against Wales at 6:28pm to wrap up their day one action. On Saturday 22nd, they will finish off their pool matches at 1:49pm against France.
All the tournament quarterfinals will be played on the same day allowing Sunday 23rd, the third and final tournament day to host the semi-finals and finals.
SHUJAA 2022 TRAINING SQUAD:
1. Nelson Oyoo (C)- (Top Fry Nakuru), 2. Jeffrey Oluoch – (Homeboyz), 3. Bush Mwale – (Homeboyz), 4. Alvin Marube – (Impala Saracens), 5. Billy Odhiambo – (Mwamba), 6. Johnstone Olindi – (KCB), 7. Alvin Otieno – (KCB), 8. Levi Amunga(KCB), 9. Edmund Anya(Impala Saracens), 10. Antony Omondi(Mwamba), 11. Timothy Mmasi(MMUST), 12. Herman Humwa(Kenya Harlequins), 13. Mark Kwemoi(Menengai Oilers), 14. Collins Shikoli(Homeboyz), 15. Kevin Wekesa(Kabras), 16. Vincent Onyala(KCB), 17. Derrick Ashihundu(Kabras), 18. Ernest Kuke(Blakblad), 19. Zedden Marrow(Homeboyz), 20. Richel Wangila, 21. Benson Salem(Nondies), 22. Arcadius Khwesa(Blakblad), 23. Jone Kubu(Kabras), 24. Hannington Wabwire(Top Fry Nakuru), 25. Daniel Taabu(Mwamba), 26. John Okoth(Menengai Oilers), 27. Timothy Okwemba(Menengai Oilers).