Amonde con­fi­dent Kenya 7s team will ex­cel in Dubai

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY WIL­LIAM NJUGUNA/

Kenya Sevens skip­per An­drew Amonde has ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the side can make a mark in Dubai after fin­ish­ing sec­ond at the Safland Sevens tour­na­ment in Namibia over the weekend. Kenya lost 31-10 to South Africa 31-10 in the fi­nal in head coach In­no­cent Simiyu first ma­jor as­sign­ment with the squad.

Amonde said he isn’t wor­ried about the de­feat to the pow­er­ful South Africans who fielded a full strength squad in the fi­nal. “I think some of the com­bi­na­tions worked and some play­ers re­ally put their case for se­lec­tion. In the end, we got to the fi­nal which was good against qual­ity op­po­si­tion,” he noted.

The cap­tain ad­mit­ted that there are a few ar­eas they need to work on be­fore the World Rugby Sevens Se­ries opener in Dubai.

“We need to tighten up on our de­fence con­sid­er­ing we gave away soft tries to South Africa in the fi­nal. We have time on our side to work on those weak points for Dubai and Cape Town next month.”

Se­nior play­ers in­clud­ing vice cap­tain and world se­ries top try scorer Collins In­jera and Os­car Ouma are slated to re­turn to the team for the two open­ing tour­na­ments in Dubai and Cape Town after missing out on Namibia due to work com­mit­ments and in­jury. Among the play­ers that im­pressed at the two-day event in­cluded Martin Owila, Derek Ma­yar, Brian Tanga and Aluda Beda.

Com­pe­ti­tion for places in the squad is ex­pected to be in­tense with the 12man squad to Dubai and Cape Town ex­pected to be named in two weeks.

/ ENOS TECHE

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