Kenya gear up for Challenger Series in Montevideo, Uruguay


Kenya’s rugby sevens teams, popularly known as Shujaa for the men and Lionesses for the women, are set to ignite the HSBC Sevens Challenger Series with their vivacious and skillful play.

The series, which takes place from 8th to 10th March 2024 in Montevideo, is an opportunity for the teams to showcase their prowess and go for another remarkable win in the heart of Uruguay.

Shujaa, the men’s team, headed by co-captains Vincent Onyala from KCB and Tony Omondi from Mwamba, is packed with a mix of experienced warriors and spirited debutants.

The team includes notable players like Kevin Wekesa from Kabras Sugar, John Okoth of Menengai Oilers, and George Ooro representing Strathmore Leos.

This edition also marks the first time new talents such as Chrisant Ojwang from Nakuru, Lamec Ambetsa from Kabras Sugar, and Elvis Olukusi from KCB will be representing Kenya on this global stage.

The Lionesses, under the captaincy of Sheila Chajira, parade their strength and strategic finesse with players like Naomi Amuguni and Judith Okumu, accompanied by the swift Stella Wafula and the dynamic Sharon Auma.

The team’s fabric is further enriched by the inclusion of Grace Okulu, Janet Okello, and the formidable Christabel Lindo.

The Shujaa have been pooled in Group A, where they face Tonga, Georgia, and Portugal. They are opening their campaign against Portugal on 8th March at 2100hrs EAT, followed by a doubleheader on the 9th with games against Georgia at 0148hrs and Tonga at 2046hrs EAT.

Their robust blend of seasoned players and fresh talent is expected to be a perfect cocktail for success.

On the other side, the Lionesses find themselves in Group B, pitted against Belgium, Papua New Guinea, and Hong Kong China.

They will begin their conquest on the 8th of March against Hong Kong China at 1836hrs EAT and will later play Papua New Guinea at 2326hrs EAT.

Their last group stage match will be against Belgium on the 9th of March at 1821hrs EAT.

As both teams converge in Uruguay, the anticipation among fans is high. Kenya’s rugby sevens teams have a reputation for bringing not just competitive spirit but also an infectious energy that resonates well beyond the rugby field.

The combination of tactical brilliance and physical endurance has always been the hallmark of Kenyan teams, and this tournament promises to be no different.

Kenya Sevens’ pursuit for another win in the Challenger Series is not merely about the points or the position; it’s a demonstration of the unwavering Kenyan spirit.

It’s about the harmony of speed, skill, and strategy that each player brings to the field. It’s the dance of strength and agility that they play to the rhythm of the roaring crowds.

As Shujaa and Lionesses prepare to make their mark, all eyes will be on Montevideo, where Kenya’s rugby stars aim to turn the green fields into their stage of glory.

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