Ouma left out

Nakuru RFC flanker out of Namibia tour

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY WIL­LIAM NJUGUNA @mbote­s­ports

Kenya Sevens for­ward Os­car Ouma will miss the Safland Sevens tour­na­ment this week­end in Namibia.

The Nakuru RFC flanker con­tracted ill­ness on the day of de­par­ture to Namibia and will stay out of the pre-sea­son tour­na­ment. Team man­ager Eric Og­weno said all 15 play­ers, who trav­elled will be given a chance to play at the two day tour­na­ment, which kick­offs to­mor­row.

The tour­na­ment rules al­low us to de­clare a team of 12 per game hence the de­ci­sion to give ev­ery­one, who trav­elled an op­por­tu­nity to play.”

In­no­cent Simiyu’s charges will start their fix­tures against Namibia, South Africa All Stars and Ger­many on Day One be­fore play­ing South Africa in their fi­nal pool match on Sun­day morn­ing ahead of the knock­out phase.

The top four teams at the close of play in their re­spec­tive sec­tions will ad­vance to the cup quar­ter-fi­nals on Sun­day with the bot­tom-placed teams in each pool con­test­ing for the shield.

Else­where, Kenya Rugby Union are seek­ing spon­sor­ship for the Kenya Lionesses from na­tional car­rier, Kenya Air­ways.

The air­line sev­ered links with the Kenya Sevens men’s team on Tues­day af­ter a six-year re­la­tion­ship. KRU direc­tor of com­merce, Ian Mugambi, said they were await­ing feed­back from the air­line on the mat­ter. “We wrote to them a while back on the pos­si­bil­ity of them tak­ing up spon­sor­ship for the women’s side,” he added.

The air­line had said in their state­ment ear­lier in the week that they may con­tinue sup­port­ing the sport through se­lect ini­tia­tives.

“We may get more in­vi­ta­tions to play in other tour­ney and that’s the rea­son why we are try­ing to look for spon­sor­ship. With more in­vi­ta­tions, we will def­i­nitely need more re­sources for the team,” he added.

The team is cur­rently pre­par­ing for the Dubai Sevens next month. Head coach Kevin Wam­bua said they have made progress af­ter a good dis­play at the Africa Sevens fi­nal, where they lost to South Africa 22-17 in fi­nal two months ago.

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Kenya’s Os­car Ouma is set to miss the tour of Namibia.

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