The Kenya Sevens departs today for South Africa where they will grace the George Sevens Premier League at Outeniqua Park on January 11-12.
The first week will see the team attend a high performance training camp in Johannesburg, where coach Paul Treu will be seeking to horn the skills of the team ahead of the IRB Las Vegas Sevens slated for January 24-26. The tournament in George will be good preparation as Treu seeks to qualify for the semis of the IRB Sevens after guiding Kenya to two quarter-finals in Dubai and Port Elizabeth last month.
The organisers are excited about Kenya’s debut, saying it is a major boost considering Kenya are very popular and highly competitive side.
Willem Strauss, the tournament promoter said: “There is no doubt about the popularity of the Kenyan team and it is great that they have decided to use our tournaments as a final warm-up to fine tune for their upcoming fixtures. They are also very competitive and I expect our tournament to again deliver.”
The tournament was supposed to have been held on December 13 and 14 but was postponed out of respect as the world mourned the former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela.
Kenya are drawn alongside Living Ball and Leopards in Pool ‘D’ of the tournament. The winner of the tournament will pick Sh8.2 million. Pool ‘A’ will feature Kaizer Chiefs, Sharks and Eye of the Tiger.
Former captain Humphrey Kayange trained with the Kenya team over the festive season and is available for the next two legs of the circuit. Star winger, Dennis Ombachi also resumed training after suffering knee injury at the London leg in May and will be part of the travelling party for the tournament down south.
Treu will be monitoring the players who have been called up to the Kenya Sevens squad in the tournament. Strathmore Leos duo of Tony Owuor and Cyprian Kuto and Quins loose forward Max Theuri have been training with the team.
Team manager Steve Sewe said Treu will have a full strength squad to choose from for the Las Vegas Sevens unlike the Dubai and Port Elizabeth legs, where key players missed the legs due to schoolwork and job commitments.
Treu has already made tactical changes to the team with vice captain Collins Injera shifting from his wing position to play scrum-half. Sources hinted that Oscar Ouma may be deployed to the centre for the IRB Las Vegas Sevens.
Sewe observed that the technical bench is trying out new ideas and game strategy. “The coach is adopting his own game plan to see how to get the best out of the Kenyan team” he added.
Draw Pool A: Kaizer Chiefs, Sharks, Eye of the Tiger; Pool B: Samurai International, Western Province, Masakhane Old Boys; Pool C: Titans, Cheetahs, SWD; Pool D: Living Ball, Leopards, Shujaa.
Order of Play: Kaizer Chiefs v Masakhane Old Boys, Sharks v Western Province, Eye of the Tiger v Samurai, Titans v Shujaa, SWD v Living Ball, Kaizer Chiefs v Samurai, Sharks v Masakhane Old Boys, Eye of the Tiger v Western Province, Titans v Living Ball, Cheetahs v Blue Bulls, SWD v Leopards, Kaizer Chiefs v Western Province, Sharks v Samurai, Eye of the Tiger v Masakhane Old Boys, Titans v Leopards, Cheetahs v Living Ball, SWD v Shujaa.
Article source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-149238/going-down-south