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Treu confident new 'generation' will perform for Kenya sevens

25 September 2014, 18:46

Nairobi - Kenya Shujaa head coach Paul Treu has a new-look squad ahead of this weekend's Safaricom Sevens Rugby tournament while several of his regular players remain on strike.

The defending champions will have to make do without Imonyi siblings Collins Injera, Michael Agevi and the injured Humphrey Kayange while others who have boycotted the tournament due to contractual issues include Kenya Harlequin's centre Patrice Agunda, Dennis Sikuta, Sammy OIiech, Michael Wanjala, Dennis Ombachi, Horace Otieno, Billy Odhiambo, Tony Owuor and Mwamba's Horace Otieno.

These players are also likely to miss next month's International Rugby Board (IRB) World Series opener in the Gold Coast of Australia.

Injuries have kept out Felix Khayange (shoulder), Joshua Chesanga (knee), Oscar Ayodi (hamstring) and Oscar Ouma (ankle).

This has, however, opened the door for several young guns to prove their worth.

One such player is Kenya Harlequin youngster Brian Wandera, who featured for the Kenya Under-19 team, last year.

Player of the season and KCB winger Jacob Ojee has been drafted in the team as well as his club mate Charles Omondi.

Kenya Harlequin's Augustine Lugonzo, Humphrey Mulama of Homeboyz and Nakuru's Alex Olaba are also expected to make their senior team debut in the team that will be captained by KCB skipper Andrew Amonde.

Read also: Kenya rugby sevens axe ten in wage dispute

Treu said at the squad-naming ceremony at Kasarani on Wednesday that he was excited to see how the youngsters respond to the opportunity that has been presented to them.

 "We've identified many talented players during the circuit and we are going to give them an opportunity to prove their worth at the international level," said Treu.

"We are trying to create a culture of sustainability. We are not going to accept any indiscipline cases in the team and players have to speed up both on off and on the pitch performances," said Treu

 "I believe we have selected the best players who will definitely make us proud. I know it will not be an easy assignment, but we are up to the task with what we have."

Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee shared Treu's views and urged players not to forget about the upcoming Olympic Games.

 "We are in a competitive sport and in rugby you are forced out by the next generation. The team must be hungry for victory. We’ve been accused severally, but it’s high time we open up the team."

"Every talented player has a chance to play for the national team, but you must be equal to the task and be ready to sign performance contracts,” said Muthee.

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