Shujaa head coach Paul Murunga has announced the squad that will be travelling to represent Kenya in the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) series in Las Vegas and Vancouver. The Las Vegas 7s are slated for 1st to 3rd March while Vancouver 7s on the 9th and 10th.
Shujaa’s performance this season has been very low as they are currently 13th in the standings with 12 points; having collected a single point in Dubai and Sydney, three points in Cape Town and seven points from the Hamilton 7s.
Murunga has made four changes in the squad but star players who refused to sign contracts are still out of the struggling Shujaa’s squad. Even though the team’s performance indicates the need for bolstering the squad with the experienced star players, no player has made it to the squad with Murunga left with the task of improving the performance without key players.
Harold Anduvate and Mark Wandeto are nursing injuries while Eliakim Kichoi and William Reeve have been rested from International duty. The four have been replaced by Herman Humwa, Charles Owino, Edmund Anya and Michael Agevi.
Edmund Anya is set for a debut in the series but Humwa and Owino traveled with the squad to the Dubai 7s and the Capetown 7s. Michael Agevi makes a return to the squad for the first time since the 2014/2015 season.
Key players, who have been representing Shujaa for the past several seasons, were barred from playing by KRU Chairman Richard Omwela after they refused to sign contracts. The players did not want to sign contracts on the grounds that their pay had been cut and remained adamant until they were cut off from the squad.
The striking players include Collins Injera, Andrew Amonde, Sammy Oliech, Nelson Oyoo, Jeff Oluoch, Dan Sikuta, Willy Ambaka, Oscar Ouma and Billy Odhiambo.
Shujaa will kick off their Las Vegas 7s campaign on 2nd against USA at 3:50am and later play France at 6:29am. They will wrap up their day one against Argentina 11:58pm.
Shujaa Squad To Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s
Jacob Ojee, Vincent Onyala, Daniel Taabu, Johnstone Olindi, Brian Wahinya, Bush Mwale, Brian Wandera, Cyprian Kuto, Edmund Anya*, Herman Humwa, Charles Owino, Michael Agevi.