Andrew Amonde, Collins Injera, Willy Ambaka and Billy Odhiambo made the Kenya 7s team for Tokyo 2020 Olympics squad named on Monday by head coach Innocent Simiyu in Nairobi.
The four are the only survivors from the squad that played at Rio 2016 Olympics with Amonde taking over the captain's armband for the games set for July 26-28 in Japan.
Joining the four will be the Kenya Harlequin duo of Eden Agero and Herman Humwa, Nelson Oyoo of Nakuru, Homeboyz duo of Alvin Otieno and Jeff Oluoch, Mwamba's Daniel Taabu as well as KCB's Jacob Ojee and Vincent Onyala.
Dennis Ombachi of Nondies, Bush Mwale of Homeboyz and Derrick Keyoga of Menengai Oilers are named as non-travelling subs.
Commenting after unveiling the squad, Head Coach Innocent Simiyu said, "The selection was tough as all the boys put in the work. We are happy to have a few experienced players fit and back into the fold. Our key target is getting out of the pool. Our first pool game will set the standard for our performance in Tokyo."
Kenya 7s will play in pool C that has South Africa, bronze medallists in Rio, and USA who achieved direct Olympic qualification by finishing in the top four of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019, where the USA Eagles finished runners-up after reaching the medal podium in seven of the 10 Series rounds. Joining them are Olympic debutants Ireland, who secured the final spot thanks to a thrilling 28-19 victory over France in the World Rugby Sevens Repechage in Monaco earlier this month.
The men’s competition sees three of the top four placed teams from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games together in Pool B as reigning Olympic champions Fiji will face silver medallists Great Britain and hosts Japan, who finished a very creditable fourth in Rio, along with Olympic debutants Canada who claimed bronze at the last HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series event, which took place in Vancouver last year.
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Pool A sees a renewal of the mouth-watering antipodean rivalry between current Rugby World Cup Sevens and World Series champions New Zealand and Australia, who met in the final of the last Series event in Vancouver, with the All Blacks Sevens winning a tightly contested match 17-14. Joining them in Pool A are Argentina, who finished sixth in Rio, alongside Olympic debutants Korea who qualified for Tokyo by winning the Asian qualification tournament with an extra-time ‘golden point’ try to overcome Hong Kong.
Shujaa Olympic squad Andrew Amonde (KCB,Captain), Alvin Otieno (Homeboyz), Vincent Onyala (KCB), Herman Humwa (Kenya Harlequin), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Daniel Taabu (Mwamba), Willy Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Johnstone Olindi (KCB), Eden Agero (Kenya Harlequin),Jeffrey Oluoch (Homeboyz), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba)
NON TRAVELLING RESERVES: Bush Mwale (Homeboyz), Derrick Keyoga (Menengai Oilers), Dennis Ombachi (Nondescripts) MANAGEMENT: Innocent Simiyu (Coach), Anthony Muchiri (Assistant Coach), Lamch Francis (Medic), Erick Ogweno (Manager)