Oscar Ouma is set to captain Shujaas in the upcoming Sydney and Hamilton legs of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series. This is after being handed the captaincy duty as head coach Innocent Simiyu named a 13-member contingent that will take part in the twin tournaments.
The Nakuru RFC forward will be deputized by Samuel Oliech who plays as a flyer for Resolution Impala Saracens.
After an impressive 2017 National Sevens Circuit campaign with the Menengai Oilers, Erick Ombasa has duly earned his debut call-up and will be hoping to make his first international appearance in the two legs.
Andrew Amonde meanwhile makes a return to the squad after missing the Dubai and Cape Town editions with injury and will be joined by Augustine Lugonzo who was kept out by work commitments.
Collins Injera is yet to make a full recovery from a hamstring tear at the season opening leg and will therefore not be travelling.
Shujaa leave for Sydney on Saturday January 20, 2018 eager to make an improvement from 11th place where they currently sit with 13 points from two outings.
For the Sydney Sevens, the Kenyans have been pooled in Group A alongside Argentina, France and Wales.
Speaking to Kenya Rugby ahead of the trip, Simiyu is confident that with the good training that the boys have put in, they are going to post very positive results.
“We have trained well and are sure that the players will give a good performance. Our key focus is to meet our set standards consistently. We have a few injuries which gives an opportunity for the young players who have earned the right to wear the jersey, to represent the country and keep the pride up there. We know they will make us proud.”
Shujaa squad for the Sydney and Hamilton 7s:
Oscar Ouma (Top Fry Nakuru,Captain), Samuel Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens, Vice Captain), Dan Sikuta (Kabras Sugar),Willy Ambaka (SportPesa Quins), Andrew Amonde (KCB), Arthur Owira (KCB), Eden Agero (SportPesa Quins), Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar), Jeff Oluoch (Menengai Cream Homeboyz),Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Erick Ombasa (Menengai Oilers), Samuel Ng’ethe (Menengai Oilers), Augustine Lugonzo (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)