Oliech earns debut call-up for Kenya sevens team

Impala's Oliech will make his international debut for Kenya at the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs.

Thursday February 25 2016

Samuel Oliech (right) in action with teammate Edwin Achayo during a training session last year. Impala's Oliech is in line to make his international debut after being named in the Kenya Seven's team for the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Samuel Oliech (right) in action with teammate Edwin Achayo during a training session last year. Impala's Oliech is in line to make his international debut after being named in the Kenya Seven's team for the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Impala Saracens Samuel Oliech is well in line to make his international debut for Kenya at the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Kenya Sevens coach Benjamin Ayimba named the 22-year-old utility back as he made four changes to his squad that leaves on Sunday for Las Vegas Sevens due on March 4 to 5 in the USA and inaugural Vancouver Sevens slated for March 12 to 13 in Canada.

Oliech has been knocking on the doors of Kenya Sevens for long, having represented Kenya 15s at several internationals last year.

Mwamba’s strong running winger Dennis “Ghost Worker” Ombachi whose individual brilliance sent Kenya to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games also returns to the team.

Ombachi, 24, scored a wonderful long-range try at the death as Kenya edged out Zimbabwe 21-19 to win the Africa qualifier held November last year in South Africa.

Since then the flying winger has not played for Kenya.

He took time out to attend his bachelor’s degree graduation in December missing out on Dubai and Cape Town.

He failed to secure a visa in time for the Wellington and Sydney legs in February.

NOTABLE RETURNS

Also making a return to the team are Homeboyz backs Augustine Lugonzo and Leonard Mugaisi, who last appeared for Kenya Seven in the Dubai and Cape Town tournaments of the Series.

The players who took part in the previous legs of Wellington and Sydney but have been rested for the American tour are Donald Aluoch and Nelson Oyoo from Nakuru, Kenya Harlequin’s Eden Agero and Bush Mwale of Homeboyz.

Ayimba said the changes were part of his rotational plan besides giving at least one new player a chance.

KENYA SEVENS SQUAD

Andrew Amonde (KCB, captain), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Oscar Ouma (Nakuru), Humphrey Kayange (Mwamba), Augustine Lugonzo (Homeboyz), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), William Ambaka (Harlequins), Oscar Ayodi (Homeboyz), Dennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Billy Odhiambo (Strathmore Leos), Leonard Mugaisi (Homeboyz), Samuel Oliech (Impala Saracens)

Non travelling reserves: Eden Agero (Harlequins), Samuel Motari (Impala Saracens), Robert Aringo (Impala Saracens)

Management: Benjamin Ayimba (coach), Paul Murunga (assistant coach), Geoffrey Kimani (strength and conditioning coach), Lameck Bogonko (physiotherapist), Newton Ong’alo (team manager)

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