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Challenger Series: 1 change as Kenya Lionesses squad for Uruguay showdown named

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024 16:17 | By
Kenya Lionesses in action against Kazakhstan. PHOTO/ Kenya Lionesses play takes a tackle against Kazakhstan. PHOTO/Christopher Pike - World Rugby
Kenya Lionesses in action against Kazakhstan. PHOTO/ Kenya Lionesses play takes a tackle against Kazakhstan. PHOTO/Christopher Pike/World Rugby

Janet Okello has returned to the Kenya Lionesses squad after missing the Dubai Challenger Series.

She is the only change in the squad named by head coach Dennis Mwanja, who will lead the Lionesses in the Montevideo Series set for March 8–10.

Okello, who is playing in Japan, has returned and replaced Diana Kemunto. 

Kenya will aim for a far better campaign after finishing second in the Dubai Series.

Meanwhile, Sheila Chajira has maintained her leadership role as she will captain the side that also has Naomi Amuguni, Judith Okumu, Stella Wafula, and speedster Sharon Auma, who have kept their places after featuring in the previous leg in Dubai.

Christabel Lindo, Sinaida Nyachio, Maureen Muritu, Phoebe Akinyi, and Terry Ayesa have also been included.

Kenya are in Pool B, which also has Belgium, Papua New Guinea, and Hong Kong.

China, the winners of the previous leg in the Middle East, are in Pool A alongside Poland, Czechia, and Paraguay, while Pool C has Argentina, Uganda, Thailand, and Mexico.

Kenya Lionesses in Dubai HSBC Challenger Series action against China. PHOTO/Ministry of Rugby
Kenya Lionesses in Dubai HSBC Challenger Series action against China. PHOTO/Mike Lee

The Series is played in three rounds across three continents, with the top four men’s and women’s teams in the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Challenger 2024 earning the opportunity to participate in a promotion and relegation play-off competition at the SVNS Grand Final in Madrid from May 31 to June 2, 2024.

This competition will feature teams ranked ninth to 12th in the HSBC SVNS 2024.

Kenya Lionesses squad:

Sheila Chajira (captain)

Naomi Amuguni

Judith Okumu

Stella Wafula

Sharon Auma

Grace Adhiambo

Janet Okello

Christabel Lindo

Sinaida Nyachio

Maureen Muritu

Phoebe Akinyi

Terry Ayesa

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