Kenya shines at World Rugby Challenger Series in Germany


Kenya Sevens, known as Shujaa, delivered an impressive performance at the World Rugby Challenger Series final leg in Munich, Germany.

The tournament, which commenced on Saturday, saw Shujaa emerge victorious in all their preliminary Group C matches against Portugal, Chile, and Japan.

This exceptional start positions Kenya favorably as they aim for a top-four finish in Munich, a result that would qualify them for the promotion playoff in Madrid at the end of May.

The playoff will determine which teams will join the HSBC SVNS in 2025.

Shujaa’s campaign began with a solid 28-12 victory over Japan. Despite an early setback when Shotaro Tsuoka put Japan ahead 5-0 after they dominated the early minutes, Kenya quickly responded.

Kevin Wekesa equalized with a try, and Anthony Omondi’s conversion gave Shujaa a 7-5 lead. However, Japan reclaimed the lead before halftime with a converted try by Moeki Fukushi, making it 12-7.

In the second half, Kenya’s John Okoth emerged with renewed vigor, scoring a try that, along with Omondi’s conversion, put Kenya ahead 14-12.

Patrick Odongo, making a triumphant return, extended Kenya’s lead with another try, and Chrisant Ojwang sealed the win with a final try off the bench, bringing the score to 28-12.

Shujaa continued their dominance in their second match, defeating Portugal 33-5. This match showcased Kenya’s offensive prowess and solid defense, leaving Portugal with little room to maneuver.

Kenya’s aggressive playstyle and teamwork were evident throughout, securing them a comprehensive win.

The final group match against Chile proved to be a tighter contest. Shujaa demonstrated resilience and strategic play, ultimately securing a 17-12 victory.

Key contributions came from Nygel Amaitsa, Vincent Onyala, and Chrisant Ojwang, who each scored crucial tries. The win against Chile ensured that Kenya finished at the top of Group C.

Securing the top spot in their group, Kenya advanced to the quarterfinals, where they are set to face hosts Germany on Sunday.

The team’s performance in Munich has been commendable, reflecting their determination and skill as they chase a coveted spot in the HSBC SVNS.

The Shujaa squad, under the guidance of coach Kevin Wambua, has shown remarkable cohesion and tenacity.

Their success in the group stages of the World Rugby Challenger Series final leg not only boosts their confidence but also brings them a step closer to achieving their goal of promotion.

The rugby world will be keenly watching as Kenya continues their campaign in Munich, hopeful of further triumphs on the road to Madrid and beyond.

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