Paul Treu (right) and Collins Injera at the press conference, yesterday. [PHOTO: DENNIS OKEYO / STANDARD]
BY ERICK OCHIENG’
KENYA: Paul Treu has recalled the experienced trio of Humphrey Kayange, Oscar Ouma and Dennis Ombachi to the Kenya squad for the fourth and fifth legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas and Wellington. He has also recalled Michael Agevi who debuted for Kenya in 2011 while handing a maiden call up to Tonny Owuor.
Former captain Kayange, a post graduate student at the University of Bristol last played for Kenya at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in June 2013 and is available for these two legs while Ombachi, a regular over the past two seasons returns after recovery from knee surgery. Ouma played at the season opening Gold Coast Sevens before missing the Dubai and Port Elizabeth legs due to academic commitments.
Speaking during a press conference in Nairobi to announce the travelling party, Treu said, “ We have to become mentally a lot stronger, especially when it comes to those top teams. We just have to have the faith and believe that we can put those teams away.”
“We have enough quality and talent in this team to start beating those teams and once we start putting all these things together…we’ve done the technical work, the conditioning work is done..we’ve worked on our mental strength…anything is possible.”
Collins Injera skippers the squad in the absence of Andrew Amonde who sits out these two legs due to a shoulder injury.
Las Vegas is due on January 24-26 while Wellington will be on February 7-9.The team departs this evening full of morale owing to the all round training they received at a camp in South Africa in the past weeks.
“While in training in South Africa we built great team spirit. We are ready for Las Vegas. We will only dwell on one game at a time,” Injera told FeverPitch, while explaining the way the players are on course to adapting to the newly-coined ‘Treu Philosophy’ mantra in the team.
“The adaption means we take everything at a time; one game at a time, one technique at a time and perfect it with an aim of establishing consistency, hopefully, the results will soon be realised.”
The squad: Collins Injera (Mwamba, Captain), Daniel Sikuta (Mwamba), Patrice Agunda (Lunch Bar Quins), Billy Odhiambo (Strathmore Leos), Humphrey Kayange (University of Bristol), Oscar Ouma (Top Fry Nakuru), Horace Otieno (Mwamba), Tonny Owuor (Strathmore Leos), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Mike Agevi (Mwamba), Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz) and Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Paul Treu (Head Coach), Vuyo Zangqa (Assistant Coach), Felix Ochieng’ (Assistant Coach), Graham Bentz (Strength Conditioning Coach), Lamech Bogonko (Physio), Steve Sewe (Team Manager Performance Analyst).