New stars in the making Impala Saracens’ Mark Kwemoi and Blak Blad duo Levy Amunga and Brian Wahinya have been selected to Kenya’s squad for the Victoria Falls sevens tournament in Zimbabwe this weekend.
The team, which will be in the hands of Kenya Sevens assistant coach Will Webster, jetted out of the country yesterday for Zimbabwe’s Elephant Hills Driving Range for their captain’s run session ahead of the 10-team, two pool format tournament.
Shujaa are in the same pool with South African side-False Bay, Zambia, Lesotho and hosts Zimbabwe whom they will take on in that order tomorrow while Pool A consists Uganda, Zambia A, Spartans, Zambezi Steelers and Zimbabwe Gohawks.
Shujaa will open their campaign with a match against False Bay at 11.06am before playing Zambia B at 2.24pm, Lesotho at 4.36pm and close with Zimbabwe at 6.14pm, hoping to qualify for day two knock-out-cum-title hunt stages.
Webster will enjoy the services of Frank Wanyama, Homeboyz duo Bush Mwale and Augustine Lugonzo alongside Impala’s Ian Minjire. The four are among eight experienced players who have played for the senior side in the World Rugby Sevens Series on multiple times, making the weekend a worthwhile hunt.
Some of the players will also be using this tournament as an audition of some sort ahead of the Hong Kong Sevens and Commonwealth Games selection for Kenya Sevens.
Meanwhile, Kenya Simbas new coach Ian Snook and his assistant Murray Roulston have been handed two-year contracts with qualification for the 2019 Japan World Cup the main goal.
“He is coming for two years and the deliverables are qualifying for the 2019 World Cup. That is all we want,” said Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela.
Snook and Roulston will begin their campaign with Simbas on June 23 against Morocco in the 2018 African Gold Cup, which serves as the World Cup qualifier, before hosting Zimbabwe at the RFUEA grounds the following weekend.
Simbas will also meet Tunisia, Uganda and Namibia all whom will be fighting for the solo ticket to Japan.
Before that, Snook would have gauged his side’s preparedness through a test match at home to either Portugal or Germany.