20 November 2012

Kenya: Wamae Back in

KCB'S Phillip Wamae has been recalled to the Kenya Sevens team for the Dubai and Port Elizabeth International Rugby Board Sevens series legs next month.

Wamae featured for the team under former coach Mitch Ocholla last season. He provides options to the team in both defence and attack because he is a good defender.

Former skipper Humphrey Kayange makes a welcome return to the team after satisfying the technical bench of his conditioning and fitness regimen.

Kayange missed the first leg in Gold Coast owing to his studies at Bristol university and brings a wealth of experince to the side. Coach Mike Friday said Kayange's return is a boost for the team ahead of the two challenging tournaments.

"Well... he met our rconditioning requirements and he is happy to be back in the team. We have monitored him in the last couple of weeks and we know what he is capable of doin," Friday added.

Fly half Lavin Asego and former skipper Sidney Ashioya return to the squad after missing the Gold Coast leg due to work commitments and injury.

However, loose forward Oscar Ouma who had a sterling tournament at the Gold Coast will the Port Elizabeth leg alongside Collins Injera and Biko Adema. The trio will be sitting for their examinations

They will be replaced by Fabian Olando, Oscar Ayodi and Patrice Agunda for the second leg. Friday announced that Quins utility back Eden Agero was part of the squad for the Gold Coast but misses out as he will undergo surgery. It is hoped he will be available for the New Zealand and USA legs next year.

"I hope he will have recovered by the time we travel to Wellington in February," Friday added. Friday also hopes Felix Ayange will be available for the New Zealan leg having completed his rehabilitation from injury.

Kenya reached the semifinals of the Gold Coast leg where they lost to New Zealand 15-5. Kenya face Fiji, Scotland and Spain.

Team- Andrew Amonde (KCB), Humphrey Kayange (Bristol), Sidney Ashioya (Quins), Lavin Asego (Mwamba), Philip Wamae (KCB), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Oscar Ouma (Nakuru), Biko Adema (Nondies), Davis Chenge (Bulls), Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Willy Ambaka(Quins) and Horace Otieno (Mwamba).

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