However, there were five new blood in the squad that comprised of Patrick Ouko, Malcolm Onsando , Andrew Chogo, Xavier Bett and Joseph Odero of Kabras.Also in the squad are Jacob Ojee (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Vincent Mose (Impala), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz) and Martin Owilah (KCB).The Elgon Cup return leg will be played on July 7 in Nairobi and will double as Africa Gold Cup. Kenya won the 2017 Elgon Cup with an aggregate of 56-51 victory courtesy of first leg’s 23-18 win in Kampala and a 33-33 draw in Nairobi.The 2019 World Cup qualifiers for Africa region will be played in a round robin format with the top team after five rounds getting the sole ticket.Kenya opens their campaign away to Morocco on June 23 before hosting Zimbabwe and Uganda in Nairobi on June 30 and July 7 respectively.There will be a one-month break to pave way for Sevens World Cup before the qualifiers resume for the last two rounds when Kenya will take on Tunisia on Saturday August 11 at home and head to Namibia for the final game on Saturday August 18.Namibia won the qualifiers in 2014 to head to the World Cup. Runner up in the 2018 edition will head to a four-team global repechage.The four repechage teams will play a round-robin to decide which country will draw into Pool B in Japan with New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Africa 1.Both Kenya and Uganda dropped a position each, to 30 and 35 respectively, in the latest World Rugby Rankings released on Monday 21 May 2018.The positional drops for the neighboring foes were directly necessitated by weekend wins by Chile and Lithuania who were some of the winners at the weekend.With Kenya and Uganda facing off before the next rankings release, Kenya has a chance of rising or Uganda can reduce the gap between them and their East Africa rivals.Both Men’s and Women’s World Rugby Rankings are calculated using a ‘Points Exchange’ system, in which sides take points off each other based on the match result. Whatever one side gains, the other loses.Full squadPatrick Ouko*(Homeboyz), Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), Joseph Odero* (Kabras), Malcolm Onsando* (Quins), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), Martin Owilah (KCB), Samson Onsomu (Impala), Isaac Adimo (Quins), Leo Seje (Impala), Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Darwin Mukidza, Jacob Ojee (KCB), Peter Karia (KCB), Vincent Mose (Impala), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Andrew Chogo* (Kabras), Davis Chenge (KCB), Xavier Bett* (Impala), Biko Adema (Nondies), Oscar Simiyu (KCB)Management: Ian Snook (Head Coach), Murray Roulston (Assistant Coach), Dominique Habimana (Forwards Coach), Richard Ochieng (Conditioning Coach), Christopher Makachia (Physio), Simiyu Wangila (Team Manager)-By Raga House-0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya skipper Wilson Kopondo in action during an international test match against Germany at the RFUEA ground on May 27, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – The national 15s team has been dealt with a major blow after illness ruled out experienced captain Wilson Kopondo out of the opening season assignment away in Kampala against Uganda in the first leg of the Elgon Cup on Saturday.This was confirmed by head coach Ian Snook who named his squad on Tuesday morning, comprising of regulars Darwin Mukidza from KCB and will be skippered by Davis Chenge assisted by Samson Onsomu.
They will be in Porto Allegre to watch the Super Eagles take on the Albiceleste in a game that could shape the destiny of Group F on June 25.President Uhuru was honouring his pledge to team after they lifted the regional tournament on home soil after three years last December.“When the team won the Cecafa Challenge Cup last year, I and my wife Margaret, made a personal pledge that we would sponsor our team to go to Brazil as a way of giving them an opportunity not necessarily to participate but to mingle with the rest of the world in viewing the greatest sporting event in the world,” he stated when hosting the team Friday at State House, Nairobi.The President added, “This is as a way of encouraging and inspiring them to know that they too can one day be part of the great teams of the world.The World Cup deal comes six months after Kenyatta agreed to pay the head coach, Adel Amrouche’s salary for the next five years.“We have a great team and I urge them to make us proud in international competitions. “As a Government, we will continue supporting them to the best of our ability and we are in the process of looking at different modalities to see how we can promote soccer as well as other sports,” the Head of State continued.“In the near future we will announce our initiative to the team but in the mean time we want our boys to go out there in Brazil and we hope they will emulate and put to practice what they will see,” he pledged.Stand-in-captain and keeper Jerim Onyango said the trip will give them exposure before they travel to Maseru to face Lesotho in the first leg of 2015 Afcon second round qualifiers on the weekend of July 18 and 20.“This is a dream come true to this team and we are very grateful for the support the Government has offered and thanks to that we were able to win Cecafa and also proceed to the second round of Afcon qualifiers,” Onyango, the Gor Mahia skipper expressed.Kenya has never qualified for the World Cup and the trip will give Stars exposure as they seek to qualify for next year’s Nations Cup after a decade.If they emerge victors over Lesotho in the two legs, Amrouche charges will join 2013 Afcon finalist Burkina Faso, Angola and Gabon in Group C for the final qualifiers.The month long World Cup tournament kicked-off Thursday in Sao Paulo, with hosts Brazil starting on a good note after coming one goal down to beat Croatia 3-1 in Group A.Other teams representing Africa are Ghana, Ivory Coast and Algeria. Travelling partyWilson Obungu, Duncan Ochieng, Jerim Onyango (keepers) David ‘Calabar’ Owino, Jockins Atudo, Abud Omar, James Situma, Vincent Omumbo, Musa Mohammed (defenders) Francis Kahata, Clifton Miheso, Joe Muiruri Gachoka, Harrison Mwedwa, Jacob Keli, Allan Wanga, Edwin Lavatsa and Paul Kiongera.Technical benchAdel Amrouche: coachJames Nandwa assistant: coachBruce Juma: Physiotherapist.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, June 13 – A squad of 18 local based players who won the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup will travel to Brazil next Saturday to watch the Nigeria versus Argentina after they received sponsorship from President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenya Breweries Limited.The gesture by the Head of State and the brewing firm to provide tickets and accommodation for the players has sparked criticism as an excessive exercise but that did not dampen the spirits of the team and three officials who will make the trip when they received their tickets on Friday.