Visa hitch forces rugby player to miss Commonwealth games
18 July 2014, 09:22
Nairobi - Michael Owila's
dream of making his Kenya 7s debut at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
went up in smoke late Wednesday when his visa to travel to Britain could
not be processed in time.
Owila, who was handed his first call-up by South African head coach
Paul Treu after impressing in the botched Kenya 15s campaign for Rugby
World Cup (RWC) qualification in Madagascar, will be replaced by regular
Biko Adema who was initially axed from the squad to accommodate the
local side Nakuru RFC eighth man.
Kenya Rugby Union confirmed late Wednesday that Adema had packed his
bags and travelled to Scotland to link up with the team that is aiming
to break into the medals at the Club Games that start next weekend.
Owila was part of the 15s team that fell short of 2015 RWC
qualification at the final hurdle when they lost their last game 28-10
to Zimbabwe in the round robin format Confederation of African Rugby
Division 1A Championships.
Namibia obliterated the hosts 89-10 to steal automatic qualification
with Zimbabwe having to go to a play-off against Russia to have hopes of
making it to England.
The 7s squad is the only team sport Kenya will be parading at the
Scotland Club Games and are aiming to clinch one of the top four places
that will guarantee their qualification for the 2016 Olympics Games in
Rio where the shorter version of the game is making its debut.
Kenya lost the Main Cup quarters to Australia at the last
Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India and are drawn in Group B alongside
fellow African titans South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and the Cook
Islands whom they shall play in their opener.
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