Shujaa, Lionesses squads for Sevens Challenger finale named

Friday, May 10th, 2024 11:27 | By
Kenya 7s speedster Patrick Odongo scores at the Dubai Challenger Series. PHOTO/World Rugby
Kenya 7s speedster Patrick Odongo scores at the Dubai Challenger Series. PHOTO/World Rugby

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has confirmed the Sevens squads for both men and women for the upcoming HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024.

The two competitions will be played as standalone tournaments with the men's taking part in Munich in Germany and Krakow in Poland for the women's on May 18-19.

Patrick Odongo, Shujaa's standout player during the Dubai Series, will be part of the squad again after missing the last leg played in Uruguay. Odongo will co-captain the national side alongside Vincent Onyala and Tony Omondi for the assignment in Germany.

"Odongo is one of three changes to the side, the other two being Brian Tanga who returns after missing out through illness while Herman Humwa makes the cut for his first appearance of the campaign. Dennis Abukuse, Elvis Olukusi and Ben Salem, part of the team to Uruguay, are not on the plane to Germany," KRU said.

For the Lionesses' side, Freshia Oduor and Edith Nairaka are set for their Challenger debuts in Poland.

"They come in for the Japan-based duo of  Grace Okulu and Janet Okello who have not been released for this assignment by their club, MIE Pearls. Sheila Chajira captains the team to Poland," the rugby federation confirmed.

Shujaa are in Pool C alongside Chile, Japan and Portugal while the Lionesses are in Pool C with Belgium, Mexico and Poland. 

Both Shujaa and Lionesses will fight to finish the overall standings in the top four ahead of the promotion playoffs set to be played in Madrid, Spain 

Kenya 7s in a team photo. PHOTO/(@KenyaSevens)/Kenya 7s/X
Kenya 7s in a team photo. PHOTO/(@KenyaSevens)/Kenya 7s/X

Shujaa Squad

Vincent Onyala, Tony Omondi (co-captains), Kevin Wekesa, John Okoth, Brian Tanga, George Ooro, Patrick Odongo, Samuel Asati, Herman Humwa, Nygel Amaitsa, Lamech Ambetsa, Chrisant Ojwang

Lionesses Squad

Sheila Chajira (captain), Judith Okumu, Christabel Lindo, Stella Wafula, Naomi Amuguni, Terry Ayesa, Sharon Auma, Sinaida Nyachio, Phoebe Akinyi, Maureen Muritu, Freshia Oduor (debut), Edith Nariaka (debut).

Match Schedules

HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 | Men | 18-19 May | Munich, Germany

Saturday May 18 

Kenya v Japan | 12.22pm

Kenya v Portugal | 3.04pm 

Kenya v Chile | 5.46pm 

HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 | Women | 18-19 May | Krakow, Poland

Saturday May 18

Kenya v Poland | 1.28pm

Kenya v Belgium | 4.32pm

Kenya v Mexico | 6.52pm 

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