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Homeboyz look to bounce back at Dala Sevens

Friday September 7 2018

Homeboyz forward Leonard Mugaisi charges forward during their preliminary match against Menengai Oilers during the Driftwood Sevens at the Mombasa Sports Club on August 25, 2018. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT |

Homeboyz utility back Leonard Mugaisi (left) charges forward during their preliminary match against Menengai Oilers at the Driftwood Sevens competition at the Mombasa Sports Club on August 25, 2018. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Defending champions Homeboyz and Mwamba have effected changes, while Nakuru and Kenya Commercial Bank have stuck to their squads as the Stanbic Bank National Seven Series heads to Dala Sevens in Kisumu this weekend.

Kenya Harlequin, who are chasing their first win since the 2015/2016 season, have also made four changes to their squad as they head into the penultimate leg of the Series that will be played at the Mamboleo showground.

Champions Homeboyz, who meet Nondescripts, Kisumu and Mount Kenya University-Thika in Pool “D, have brought back Kenya Sevens players Bush Mwale and Michael Wanjala in place of William Diffu and Brian Juma respectively.

Injured Jeff Oluoch has also been replaced by Richard Alai as the Deejays target a comeback after they fell in the semi-finals at the previous leg of Driftwood in Mombasa two weeks ago, having won the first three legs at Prinsloo, Sepetuka and Kabeberi.

Arguably, the Deejays look strong with other Kenya Sevens players Oscar Ayodi, Augustine Lugonzo, Leonard Mugaisi and Charles Omondi also part of the team.

“We picked several injuries on Alvin Otieno and Jeff Oluoch, which cost us a bit at Driftwood Sevens,” said Homeboyz coach Paul Murunga.

“Fatigue also crept in after having won three legs in a row.”

Mwamba, who have reached the final thrice at Prinsloo, Sepetuka and Driftwood, have called up Kenya Sevens international Billy Odhiambo, who takes up Brian Kivasia’s place.

Former skipper Brad Owako is also back after a brief sabbatical overseas in the squad that will be skippered by Eliakim Kichoi.

Mwamba highlights Pool “B”, where they will take on Menengai Oilers, Impala Saracens and Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad, who withdrew from Driftwood following a road accident.

Other Kenya Sevens players in the Mwamba side are Collins Injera, who was Driftwood's Most Valuable Player.

Homeboyz are currently perched at the top of the Series standings with 81 points, while Mwamba are second 11 points adrift.

Nakuru, who beat Mwamba 12-7 to lift the Driftwood Sevens title, have stuck to the winning outfit that is led by Geoffrey Ominde and Phillip Owuor.

They face Kenya Harlequin, Kisii and MMUST.

“We are not taking anything for granted since the championship is competitive,” said Nakuru coach Mitch Ocholla.

Quins have called up Kenya Sevens and Kenya Simbas kingpin William Ambaka, Joseph Aredo, Aaron Ofoywroth and Solomon Okia for the lakeside showpiece.

KCB, which is skippered by Kenya Sevens player Andrew Amonde, are up against Kabras Sugar, Northern Suburbs and Mean Machine.

Silverstone Dala Sevens pools

Pool A: Nakuru, Kisii, Kenya Harlequin, MMUST

Pool B: Mwamba, Menengai Oilers, Impala, Blak Blad

Pool C: KCB, Kabras Sugar, Northern Suburbs, Mean Machine

Pool D: Homeboyz, Nondescripts, Kisumu, MKU Thika