Kenya’s quest to reach the first cup quarters in the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series continues on March 9 at Vancouver 7s in Canada.
Kenya 7s is banded in pool B to play last weekend’s silver medalists Samoa, Fiji and hosts Canada.
Head Coach Paul Murunga this week received a boost with the arrival of play-maker Johnstone Olindi, who missed Las Vegas 7s, and Mean Machine captain Shadon Munoko who replaced injured Brian Wandera.
“The boys are in high spirit ready for Saturday,” Murunga told Raga House from Canada.
“Shaddy and Olindi are here and we will give them a chance and see how we proceed. 12 players have been give a chance to play in the World stage.”
“We are building Rome and in the near future we will become World Champions again. It needs a courageous coach to build a team in season and stay focused.”
Pau describes the Vancouver as a ‘’tough” one as they seek to reach cup quarters for the first time this season.
“The earlier we get to play these teams the better. We can’t avoid them if we want to get to the top. We have to get our mind set and put our body on line.”
Kenya’s first match at Vancouver 7s will be against Fiji at 9.39pm on Saturday followed by Samoa at 1.30am on Sunday and last pool game against Canada at 4.40am.
Last year, Kenya was to come out second best to Fiji in pool C - that also had Spain and France - at Vancouver after winning the final pool game 24-21. The two went all the way to the final where Fiji scooped Kenya 31-12 to take Gold.
Kenya 7s squad for Vancouver 7s
1.Jacob Ojee 2.Vincent Onyala 3.Daniel Taabu 4.Johnstone Olindi 5.Brian Wahinya 6.Bush Mwale 7. Shadon Munoko 8.Cyprian Kuto 9.Edmund Anya 10.Herman Humwa 11.Charles Omondi 12.Michael Agevi 13.Michael Wanjala
Vancouver 7s Fixtures
Saturday March 9, 2019
England vs Scotland 8.08pm
Argentina vs Japan 8.30pm
Australia vs Spain 8.52pm
New Zealand vs France 9.14pm
Fiji vs Kenya 9.39pm
Samoa vs Canada 10.01pm
South Africa vs Chile 10.23pm
USA vs Wales 10.45pm
England vs Japan 11.37pm
Argentina vs Scotland 11.59pm
New Zealand vs Spain 00.43
Fiji vs Canada 1.08am
Samoa vs Kenya 1.30am
South Africa vs Wales 1.52am
USA vs Japan 3.09am
Scotland vs Japan 3.09am
Argentina vs England 3.31am
Spain vs France 3.53am
New Zealand vs Australia 4.15am
Kenya vs Canada 4.40am
Samoa vs Fiji 5.02am
Chile vs Wales 5.24am
USA vs South Africa 5.46am
Sunday March 10
7.30pmChallenge Trophy Quarters
8.36pm Cup quarters
Monday March 11
CUP FINAL 4.19am