The Imonyi brothers Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera and Michael Agevi have been shortlisted by Kenya Sevens for the USA and New Zealand legs of the IRB World Sevens Series, the first time all three brothers are featuring together in a leg.
The Mwamba trio described the move by Kenya Sevens coach Paul Treu to name them in the 12-man squad as a dream-come-true and satisfying.
Treu further handed 27-year-old Injera the captain’s armband replacing Andrew Amonde, who has been ruled out for six weeks with a shoulder injury.
Amonde took over the captaincy last season from Kayange, who had served in the capacity for three straight seasons.
Unlike in Dubai and South Africa, Treu has opted for experience in his squad that has Mwamba forming the core of the team with six players.
Treu has recalled Kayange and Dennis Ombachi from Mwamba and Nakuru Oscar Ouma in his team that leaves on Sunday for the USA Sevens due on January 24-26 in Las Vegas before the Wellington Sevens on February 7 to 8.
Treu has also handed Strathmore’s Tony Owuor his first call up in a Kenya travelling party.
Injera said it was an honour and a feeling that he could not explain and just out of this world. “This is what I have been dreaming about since embracing rugby in 2001 while in Form One at Vihiga High school,” said Injera, who alongside his elder brother Kayange joined Mwamba from Ulinzi in 2005.
“It has been my dream for a threesome at the national level when Agevi joined us at Mwamba in 2011 from Kakamega High school. It’s incredible that it has happened this soon when we are all in good shape and healthy,” explained Injera.
“I don’t know if we shall ever get that opportunity again but I thank Treu for the faith they have in us and above all God for the opportunity and blessings,” said Injera adding that he was proud to lead a team that was full of experience led by his elder brother Kayange. “Kayange, Ombachi, Ouma and the rest will put in the much needed experience. It makes work easier for me,” said Injera.