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Women rugby team Lionesses hopeful of mauling opponents in Tokyo

ATHLETICS By Washington Onyango | July 9th 2021
Kenya Lionesses' captain Philadelphia Olando. [Courtesy-KRU]

Philadelphia Olando will captain the Kenya Lionesses rugby team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Orlando is one of three survivors from the squad that played at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Others are Sheila Chajira and Janet Okello.

The Lionesses will be aiming to perform better and make their way out of Pool A where they will face New Zealand, Russia and Great Britain.

Head coach Felix Oloo gave an insight into squad selection, saying fitness, discipline and injuries played a role in selection.

“We based our selection criteria on attendance, discipline, medical assessment, player fitness as well as an understanding of the game and positional roles each player has. This is what guided our selection of the final 13 players.”

“We also have a few players who missed out on the selection because they are yet to recover from injuries picked up in previous tournaments,” he said.

Oloo said they expect a tough outing after been pitted against some of the world’s great teams.

“I am very excited to play against the greatest teams in the world at the Olympics, much as we are the underdogs, we plan to play to win. We shall give our best and let character win the day when we take on to the pitch. We ask our fans back home to support us throughout the tournament.”

Here is the team headed to Tokyo for the games:

Coaches

Felix Oloo: Head Coach

Kenya Lionesses' head coach Felix Oloo. [Courtesy-KRU]

Samuel Njogu: Assistant Coach

Kenya Lionesses' assistant coach Samuel Njogu. [Courtesy-KRU]

Players

Name: Philadelphia Olando

Position: Inside forward

Club: Northern Suburbs

Olympic appearance: 2016

National Team Debut: 2007

 

Name: Sheila Chajira

Position: Outside forward

Club: Homeboyz

Olympic appearance: 2016

National Team Debut: 2014

Kenya Lionesses' Sheila Chajira. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Janet Okello

Position: Halfback

Club: Mwamba RFC

Olympic appearance: 2016

National Team Debut: 2013

Janet Okello [Courtesy-KRU]

Name: Cynthia Atieno

Position: Center

Club: Homeboyz

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2015

Cynthia Atieno [Courtesy-KRU]

Name: Grace Adhiambo

Position: Flyhal

Club: Top Fry Nakuru

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2016

Kenya Lionesses' Grace Adhiambo. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Stellah Wafula

Position: Outside forward

Club: Impala

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2018

Kenya Lionesses' Stellah Wafula. [Courtesy-KRU]

Name: Christabel Lindo

Position: Hooker

Club: Impala

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2018

Kenya Lionesses' Christabel Lindo. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Leah Wambui

Position: Inside forward

Club: Homeboyz

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2018

Kenya Lionesses' Leah Wambui. [Courtesy-KRU]

Name: Vivian Akumu

Position: scrumhalf

Club: Top Fry Nakuru

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2019

Kenya Lionesses' Vivian Akumu. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Sarah Oluche

Position: flyhalf

Club: Mwamba

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2018

Kenya Lionesses' Sarah Oluche. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Judith Auma

Position: Scrumhalf

Club: Homeboyz

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2017

Kenya Lionesses' Judith Auma. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Sinaida Aura

Position: Winger

Club: Northern Suburbs

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2015

Sinaida Aura [Courtesy-KRU]

Name: Diana Awino

Position: Winger

Club: Impala

Olympic appearance: None

Kenya Lionesses Diana Awino.[Courtesy-KRU]
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