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Will Shujaa’s experienced side finally come of age at Olympic Games?

RUGBY By Washington Onyango | July 8th 2021
Shujaa head coach Innocent Simiyu. [Courtesy-KRU]

Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu named KCB star Andrew Amonde as captain of the 13-member team to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Amonde, one of four survivors from the squad that played at the Rio Olympics in 2016 when Kenya finished 11th, will lead the team ahead of their departure tomorrow.

Collins Injera, Billy Odhiambo and Willy Ambaka join Amonde as the four Rio survivors.

Simiyu named a team which has a mixture of experience and youth as he seeks to improve on their 2016 performance.

“Our key target is getting out of the pool. Our first pool game will set the standard for our performance in Tokyo,” said Simiyu.

Alvin ‘Buffa’ Otieno, Jacob Ojee, Vincent Onyala and Johnstone Olindi will make their first appearance at the Olympics alongside Herman Humwa, Daniel Taabu, Jeffrey Oluoch, Eden Agero and speed star Nelson Oyoo.

We look at the members of Shujaa squad ahead of their departure to Tokyo for the games.

Name: Andrew Amonde

Position: Prop

Club: KCB RFC

Olympic appearance: 2016

National Team Debut: 2006

Shujaa captain Andrew Amonde. [Courtesy-KRU]

Name: Collins Injera

Position: Scrum half

Club: Mwamba RFC

Olympic appearance: 2016

National Team Debut: 2006

Shujaa's Collins Injera. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Billy Odhiambo

Position: Centre/Winger

Club: Mwamba RFC

Olympic appearance: 2016

National Team Debut: 2012

France's Pierre Gilles Lakafia (R) fights for the ball with Kenya's Billy Odhiambo (L) during the 2016 Cape Town Sevens pool B rugby match between France and Kenya at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town on December 10, 2016. [AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA]

Name: Willy Ambaka

Position: Winger

Club: Kenya Harlequin

Olympic appearance: 2016

National Team Debut: 2011

Shujaa's Willy Ambaka. [Courtesy-KRU]

Name: Jacob Ojee

Position: Centre/Winger

Club: KCB RFC

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2014

Shujaa's Jacob Ojee. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Vincent Onyala

Position: Winger

Club: KCB RFC

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2018

Shujaa's Vincent Onyala. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Johnstone Olindi

Position: Fly half

Club: KCB RFC

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2018

Shujaa's Johnstone Olindi. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Alvin ‘Buffa’ Otieno

Position: Prop/Hooker

Club: Homeboyz

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2016

Shujaa's Alvin Otieno. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Jeffrey Oluoch

Position: Centre/Wing

Club: Homeboyz

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2016

Shujaa's Jeffrey Oluoch. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Daniel Taabu

Position: Centre

Club: Mwamba

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2018

Shujaa's Daniel Taabu. [Courtesy-KRU]

Name: Eden Agero

Position: Fly half

Club: Kenya Harlequin

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2012

Shujaa's Eden Agero. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Nelson Oyoo

Position: Winger

Club: Nakuru RFC

Shujaa's Nelson Oyoo. [Courtesy-KRU]

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2015

Shujaa's Herman Humwa. [Courtesy-KRU]

 

Name: Herman Humwa

Position: Hooker/Prop

Club: Kenya Harlequin

Olympic appearance: None

National Team Debut: 2017

Shujaa Assistant coach Anthony Muchiri. [Courtesy-KRU]

Coaches

Innocent Simiyu: Head Coach

Anthony Muchiri: Assistant Coach

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