Kenya 7s head coach Paul Murunga will have to tweak his plans for Las Vegas 7s after it emerged that his play maker Johnston Olindi missed entry to the US for the tournament set 2-3 March, 2019 due to what has been termed as a 'technical hitch'.
Though in his first year with Kenya 7s in the HSBC Sevens Series, teenage Olindi has captured the imagination of many with notable performances four legs into the current 10-part season.
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After Dubai 7s where he made his HSBC Seven Series debut, Cape Town, Hamilton and Sydney 7s, Olindi tops the Kenya 7s leader-boards on four fronts; he is the top scorer with 64 points, is the best tackler (30), has the most clean breaks (10 - tied with Leonard Mugaisi), and has made the most runs (57).
Besides, he has scored ten tries, and is only second best to KCB's Vincent Onyala.
With Olindi out, Murunga is expected to plug in Daniel Taabu of Mwamba at fly-half to fill up his role as Kenya's squad in the US reduces to 12 players.
Though out of Vegas 7s, Olindi is expected to join the squad in Canada for Vancouver 7s that takes place on 9-10 March, 2019.
Besides Taabu, players out in the US and at Murunga's disposal include Onyala, Jacob Ojee, Brian Wahinya, Bush Mwale, Brian Wandera, Cyprian Kuto, Herman Humwa, Charles Omondi, Michael Wanjala, Michael Agevi and Edmund Anya - Kenya's newest name to the global circuit.
All will be activated for the event in the absence of a 13th reserve player.
The Las Vegas 7s kicks-off on Saturday with Kenya set to take on hosts USA at 3.50am. The second pool B match for Kenya will be against France at 6.29am on Saturday before closing with Argentina at 11.58pm.
Heading to Vegas 7s, Kenya sits 13th in the HSBC World Sevens Series standings with 12 points, just one above Japan who occupy position 15- the relegation point.
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