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Kenya Names HSBC Sevens Squad

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Sikuta has been included alongside fellow youngster Billy Odhiambo, who first appeared last season under former coach, Mike Friday.

“These boys are barely 20 and their inclusion in the squad is a mark of the potential and talent in Kenya. They will soon be big names for Kenya,” said KRU Chairman Mwangi Muthee, who was speaking during three days of national mourning following the end of the four-day militant siege on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre.

“We are going out to Gold Coast well aware of our goals,” said captain, Amdrew Amonde. “We have a chance to prove ourselves. We are going for nothing less than a win for the team and for Kenya.”

Kenya have been drawn in Pool A on the Gold Coast and face matches on day one at Skilled Park against the regional qualifiers Tonga, USA and defending Series champions, New Zealand.

While Amonde again captains the side and key players return in Oscar Ouma, Collins Injera, Patrice Agunda, Sidney Ashioya and Biko Adema, the loss of giant wing Willy Ambaka after his move to the Lyon club in France leaves a sizeable hole in the squad.

“Willy is gone, he will not be available for the series,” confirmed Muthee. “He is an example of the talent in this country and this should encourage more players to raise their game. He is a role model and should serve as a motivator for more players to raise their game and eventually earn a living off rugby. We have the talent,”continued Muthee.

Ochieng stands in as head coach

Following the departure of Mike Friday, who coached the side to fifth in the World Series and the semi finals of the Rugby World Cup Sevens last season, the KRU is yet to name a new full-time head coach.

Friday’s assistant last season, former national team player Felix Ochieng, will lead the side to Australia.

“We have full faith in Felix Ochieng taking the team to Gold Coast and the commander himself, (captain) Andrew Amonde,” added a confident Muthee.

“This team is going to Australia to conquer. Kenya needs something to celebrate and it’s high time we return a smile to the Kenyan people.

“Kenya still needs a professional coach, we are almost zeroing in on the next Kenyan Head Coach. By the time we come from Gold Coast, we will have a professional coach and Strength & Conditioning coach as we look to dominate rugby in the coming years.

“I have no doubt that with time Kenya will be the best rugby playing nation worldwide.”

Kenya squad for Gold Coast:

Andrew Amonde – KCB (Captain), Collins Injera – Mwamba (Vice Captain), Oscar Ouma – Nakuru RFC, Patrice Agunda – Kenya Harlequin FC, Dan Sikuta- Mwamba, Philip Wamae – KCB, Felix Ayange- Kenya Harlequin FC, Sidney Ashioya – Kenya Harlequin FC, Biko Adema- Nondescript RFC, Fabian Olando- KCB, Billy Odhiambo- Strathmore Leos RFC, Eden Agero- Kenya Harlequin FC

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