NAIROBI, Kenya- Nakuru RFC forward; Oscar Ouma is set to captain Kenya Shujaa 7s due to the injury of Oscar Ayodi who led the team in the opening 2017/18 HSBC World Series legs of Dubai and Cape Town.
Ouma will lead Shujaa to the Sydney 7s on the weekend of January 26 and 28 in Australia as well as the fourth leg of the annual series in Hamilton a week later and will be assisted in the role by long-serving captain, Andrew Amonde who is back in the side.
“Ayodi developed a nagging knee injury over the festive season, he has been forced to undergo surgery that will keep him out for weeks,” Shujaa head coach, Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu, told SportPesa News.
“In his absence, Ouma who is his assistant, will take over as captain in the next two legs in Sydney and Hamilton. We expect Ayodi to be fully recovered by March.
“I’m hopeful he will be available for the exciting Las Vegas leg in the United States of America the same month,” Simiyu told.
Amonde, gave the squad that started training for Sydney last Wednesday at the RFUEA grounds a boost when he joined the team and according to Simiyu, will work hand in hand with Ouma to guide the team in the two next legs.
The KCB RFC seasoned player is working to regain his full fitness following an injury lay-off that saw him miss Dubai and Cape Town.
“The coming legs will be energy sapping. The series gets tighter and tighter as it progresses to the finish line. All young players in the team need guidance to cope with the pressure and this can only be done by elder players.
“Amonde is that player who has this capability. His experience and leadership skills cannot be matched in the team, so he will share the role with Ouma,” Simiyu, a former captain of Shujaa as well as Kenya Simba XVs explained.
Amonde is elated to be back in the Shujaa squad following his recovery from a protracted ankle injury having last featured in the team in the season ending London 7s last May.
“I’m also working hard not to miss the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April and the Rugby 15s World Cup qualifiers this year,” Amonde added.
The coach set his side the lofty target of making the Main Cup semis in Australia.
“I have engaged the technical bench and we have come up with a performance target based on the number of tries, scores, kick-offs and scrums we should make in each game in Sydney.
“We believe if we hit the target then we will realise the 17 points we are aiming for in Australia,” Simiyu asserted.
“We don’t want a repeat of what happened to us in Cape Town where we lost a huge lead to France. Our intention in Sydney is to control the games from start to finish. We are not eager to lose any more points,” the Shujaa boss asserted.
Sydney 7s Pool B