NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Sevens team will miss the service of five
key players ahead of their trip to Dubai for the World Sevens
Series, which starts on Dec. 1 in the United Arab Emirates.
Top try scorer
Collins Injera, former captain Andrew Amonde, Willy Ambaka,
Sammy Oliech, and Nelson Oyoo have been declared unavailable for
service forcing head coach Paul Murunga to name a young untested
side as he launches his tenure at the helm of the country’s
players are still in France, where they were part of Kenya 15s
team for the Repechage World Cup qualifier and will not be ready
for the Sevens tournament in Dubai. We may consider them for
later competitions,” Murunga said on Thursday in Nairobi.
Kenya lost out in
the four-team competition and will miss the 2019 World Cup in
Murunga, who took
over from Innocent Simiyu this month has however given his nod
to youngsters Daniel Taabu and Johnstone Olindi after they
impressed in the International Safari Sevens tournament, which
was staged in Nairobi last month.
“I have opted to
blend both youth and experience because the level of competition
is high and we need to groom these young players to take over
the team in future for the Olympic and World Cup qualification,”
Half-back Eden Agero
has been named as the new captain for the tour of Dubai and Cape
Town, South Africa, which will stage the first two rounds of the
10-stop World Series.
The only other
players who made the team last season and has been retained
include Eric Ombasa, Dennis Ombachi, Herman Humwa and Jeff
However, there is
also the return of Leonard Mugaisi for the first time since
2016/17 season while Alvin Otieno and Samuel Motari, who won
Singapore 7s in 2016 are also named in the squad of 14. Coming
back into the fort is Samuel Motari, Alvin Otieno, Leonard
Mugaisi and Charles Omondi.