NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan rugby players will temporarily forget
their financial woes to put up a big fight in their quest for
victory at the Hamilton and Sydney Sevens in New Zealand and
Kenya’s Rugby Union
is restructuring and has suspended all contracts with players as
it seeks a new sponsor. However, the country must honor its
obligation to play at the World Series.
Team captain Oscar
Ayodi, although injured and out of the two tournaments, said his
team is focused and they will not dwell much on the financal
issues, but play patriotically to see that Kenya secures the
highest points and edges closer to attaining their target of
winning over 100 points in the nine-leg circuit.
“The team is always
intact. We have good cohesion and we must honor those two legs.
It is always an honor to play for Kenya. Preparations have been
going on smoothly and everyone is ready,” he said on Friday in
After the first two
rounds of play in Dubai and Cape Town, Kenya is in position 11
in the series with 13 points. In Sydney, Kenya has a hard task
as it faces giants Argentina, France and Wales in the group
“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,” said
head coach Innocent Simiyu.
skipper, who will not be leading from the front courtesy of the
injury he sustained, said he is happy with the return of some
key players to the squad including Vice-captain Oscar Ouma and
“We have analyzed
our pool for the Sydney Sevens and I am confident the hard work
we have put in the past three weeks will pay off. We have also
changed our style of play and worked on our few mistakes. I am
sure the team will deliver good results,” said Ayodi.
Coach Simiyu has
handed Erick Ombasa his international debut. Samuel Ng’ethe and
Arthur Owira, who debuted in Cape Town, are again included for
the trip down under while another debutante is Herman Humwa, who
misses out after featuring in Dubai and Cape Town.
absent from the opening legs in Dubai and Cape Town has
recovered from injury to make the travelling party which will be
captained by Oscar Ouma in the absence of Ayodi, who is
recovering from a knee injury.
The Kenyan team
includes Oscar Ouma (Captain), Samuel Oliech, Dan Sikuta, Willy
Ambaka, Andrew Amonde, Arthur Owira, Eden Agero, Brian Tanga,
Jeff Oluoch, Nelson Oyoo, Erick Ombasa, Samuel Ng’ ethe and