Ojee Honored To Be Shujaa Captain For Hamilton, Sydney 7s Legs

Jan 16 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Head coach Paul Murunga announced a 13-man squad on Wednesday to travel for the Hamilton and Sydney legs of the 2018/2019 HSBC Series

Kenya Commercial Bank RFC winger, Jacob Ojee, during a past Kenya versus Spain clash at the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi.PHOTO/ HTTPS://WWW.WORLD.RUGBY replace

  • Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) RFC winger, Jacob Ojee, will skipper Kenya Shujaa in the forthcoming 2018/2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series legs in Hamilton (New Zealand) and Sydney (Australia)
  • Ojee has replaced Kenya Harlequin’s fly half,Eden Agero, who captained the side in the Dubai and Cape Town Sevens that were held in December
  • Ojee will lead the Shujaa squad in the Hamilton Sevens from January 26 to 27 and in the Sydney circuit slated for February 2 to 3
  • Kenya is currently ranked 14th on the HSBC World Sevens Series standings with four points. Shujaa have been paired alongside South Africa, Scotland and France in the Hamilton competition

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) RFC winger, Jacob Ojee, will skipper Kenya Shujaa in the forthcoming 2018/2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series legs in Hamilton (New Zealand) and Sydney (Australia).

Ojee has replaced Kenya Harlequin’s fly half,Eden Agero, who captained the side in the Dubai and Cape Town Sevens that were held in December.

“Ojee is an able leader. This has been noted enough times during our training sessions where he ensures all players  are in good communication,” head coach Paul Murunga underlined.

“His experience on the wing in the 15s as well as 7s is also very key. His assistant, Michael Wanjala, is also a knowledgeable player whose skills will be crucial for the team,” Murunga underscored.

Ojee will lead the Shujaa squad in the Hamilton Sevens from January 26 to 27 and in the Sydney circuit slated for February 2 to 3.

"It's an honour to captain Shujaa. This is a huge responsibility but with the current squad, I’m confident that we are going to improve on our performance,” Ojee highlighted.

The new team selected by Murunga in Nairobi on Wednesday has five new call-ups including former Kenya U-19 captain, Harold Anduvate who is currently with Menengai Oilers RFC.

Others are Brian Wandera and Eliakim Kichoi who were both in the Safari 7s squad and William Reeve. Kichoi was also part of the team that traveled to Tunisia for the Africa Mens 7s last season.

They are joined by Cyprian Kuto, Johnstone Olindi, Brian Wahinya, Vincent Onyala and Daniel Taabu all who were in the Dubai and Cape Town 7s contests.

Bush Mwale makes a comeback into the team after a one season hiatus. He was last in the set up during the 2016/2017 season under former head coach Innocent Simiyu.

Charles Omondi and Alvin Otieno have been ruled out of the squad due to injuries while Mark Wandetto will travel as a reserve.

Based on the training sessions the players have had at the Kenya Rugby Union Grounds in Nairobi, Murunga is confident that they will improve on their performance in the remaining fixtures.

Kenya is currently ranked 14th on the HSBC World Sevens Series standings with four points. Shujaa have been paired alongside South Africa, Scotland and France in the Hamilton competition.

Shujaa Squad to Hamilton/Sydney 7s

Jacob Ojee – ©(KCB) Michael Wanjala – Vice Captain (Menengai Cream Homeboyz),Cyprian Kuto(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Vincent Onyala(KCB), Brian Wahinya(Blakblad), Brian Wandera(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Daniel Taabu(Stanbic Mwamba), Johnstone Olindi(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Bush Mwale(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), William Reeve(Kenya Harlequins), Eliakim Kichoi(Stanbic Mwamba), Harold Anduvate(Menengai Oilers), Mark Wandetto(Menengai Cream Homeboyz)