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Kenya names women's sevens team

08 September 2014, 15:08

Nairobi - Kenya has named the team which will compete at the women's IRB Sevens World series qualifiers in Hong Kong on Friday and Saturday.

The Lionesses have been drawn in Group B along with Fiji, Japan and Argentina. Kevin Wambua, the team’s coach, said being the underdogs could be an advantage.

“We have trained pretty well and we are aware we are in a tough pool. However, the advantage is that the teams we are drawn against don’t know much about us and this is likely to play to our advantage,” he told the Star.

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Wambua added that his side will be looking to attack the gain line with pace and power during the tournament.

“We have realised our attack this season goes lateral and so I have advised the girls to go straight and hard,” he said.

“We have worked on our defensive structure which will be key and we will no doubt be good to go,”

The Lionesses start their qualification campaign against Japan on Friday 12 September, before facing Fiji and then Argentina later that same day.

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They will need to either finish in the top two of the group or finish the group stage as one of the best third placed teams in order to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Only the sides that advance to the semi-finals of the tournament will qualify for next Women’s Sevens World Series.

TEAM: Doreen Remour, Camilyne Awuor, Catherine Abilla, Celestine Masinde, Mary Ochieng, Irene Otieno, Janet Owino, Janet Okello, Mary Ingabo, Philadelphia Olando, Rachel Mbogo, Sheila Kavugwe, Kevin Wambua (coach), Angela Olum (team manager), Mike Shamiah (strength and conditioning coach) and Ben Mahinda (physiotherapist).

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