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RUGBY:Junior rugby players leave for Uganda

Thursday July 19 2007

By The PUNTER

The Kenya under-18 rugby team is due to leave for Kampala today morning for the Africa Rugby Confederation championship which kicks off on Sunday at the Kampala RFC ground.

Kenya has been drawn in the second tier category which has Uganda and Cote d’Ivoire after Madagascar withdrew. 

Yesterday the team held a light training session at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground under coach Mitch Ocholla. 

Kenyas mission will be to gain promotion to the top tier for the under-19. 

To actualise this, Kenya must win in Group two.

The first match will be against Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday and tackle Uganda on Thursday. 

Kenya will have a chance to watch and plan for their opponents who play the opening match on Sunday.

Group one has Zimbabwe, Morocco, Namibia and Tunisia. This is in the under-19 years category where the winner shall qualify for the next year’s International Rugby Board under-20 championship. 

Zimbabwe and Tunisia kick off the bonanza on July 22 from 12.00 pm paving way for the match between Morocco and Namibia from 2 pm. 

Uganda will tackle Cote d’Ivoire in the next match from 4 pm.

Kenya under-18 squad: Siema Siema, Felix Ayange (Kakamega High), Muithi Kimeu, Fred Kimokoti, Kevin Kemweli (St Mary’s), Ryan Musumba, Githamba Mugambi (Strathmore University), Philip Wamae, Ian Indimuli, Ian Nabutola (KCB), Michael Moll (Nondies), George Mutuku, Joseph Obala, Eric Avung’ang’a, Edwin Salamba, Brian Sabwani, Tyson Ndune, Oscar Otindo (Musingu High School), Antony Ochieng (Upper Hill), Marvin Mwangi (Meru High School), Polycarp Odhiambo (Mang’u High School), Joe Aggrey Okwara (Strathmore School), Samwel Muchai (USIU-A).

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