Kenya U20: 39-man training squad for World Junior Trophy preps named

Friday, June 9th, 2023 14:46 | By
Kenya U20 celebrate against Namibia. PHOTO/Youtube
Kenya U20 celebrate against Namibia. PHOTO/Rugby Africa/Screengrab

The Kenya U20 rugby team, also known as Chipu, has revealed six new call-ups to its wider training squad as they prepare for an upcoming World U20 Junior Trophy scheduled for Nyayo Stadium from July 15-30 202

Spencer Tayghan, Ian Nyandusi, Anthony Okoyo, Rodgers Omanyi, Nickson Shevei, and Victor Wabuto have all earned their spots in the squad and will join the team for training ahead of the tournament.

Kenya U20 mix

The Chipu training squad is a diverse mix of players from various clubs and institutions. Raymond Chacha and Dennis Kisingu from Strathmore Leos, Brian Makaya from Mean Machine, Collins Ndambo from Daystar Falcons, and George Otieno and Mike Oduor from Shamas are among the players in the squad.

Kenya U20 squad celebrate against former african Champions Namibia. PHOTO/Rugby Africa/ You Tube.
Kenya U20 squad celebrate against former African Champions Namibia. PHOTO/Rugby Africa/YouTube.

The team boasts a combination of seasoned players and rising stars eager to prove their worth on the international stage.

The training squad, currently consisting of a larger group of players, will eventually be trimmed down to a final party of 28 ahead of the tournament. The six new additions bring a fresh wave of talent to the team, enhancing their chances of success in the upcoming competition.

Chipu and Hong Kong China, Spain, and Samoa have been drawn into Pool B for the tournament. This will be their third appearance in the tournament, having previously hosted the 2009 edition and qualified for the 2019 tournament in Brazil after beating Namibia in the 2019 final.

Intense competition for Kenya U20

The intense competition in Pool B will test Chipu's skills and resilience. Hong Kong China, Spain, and Samoa are formidable opponents, and the Kenyan team will need to perform at their best to secure victories. The tournament promises thrilling matches and fierce battles as each team strives to secure a spot in the knockout rounds.

Japan won the 2019 World Junior Trophy. PHOTO/World Rugby.
Japan won the 2019 World Junior Trophy. PHOTO/World Rugby.

The tournament will take place over four match days at the Nyayo National Stadium, with the eventual winner earning promotion to the U20 Championship in 2024, to be held in South Africa. The stakes are high for Chipu as they aim to showcase their abilities and potentially secure a spot in the prestigious U20 Championship.

Kenya U20 Training Squad named:

Raymond Chacha (Strathmore Leos), Dennis Kisingu (Strathmore Leos), Brian Makaya (Mean Machine), Collins Ndambo (Daystar Falcons), George Otieno (Shamas), Mike Oduor (Daystar), Jeremy Odhiambo (Catholic Monks), Geylord Ngasi (Daystar Falcons), Wycliffe Ogutu (Daystar Falcons), Michael Odiaga (Impala Saracens), Ian Nyandusi (Strathmore Leos), Victor Ahona (Blak Blad), Andy Cole Omolo (Masinde Muliro), Eugene Omurambi (Unattached), Nathan Tsindoli (Daystar Falcons), Laban Kipsang (Kenya Harlequin), Edmond Omondi (Masinde Muliro), Jackton Omondi (Kabras Sugar), James Asanga (Menengai Oilers), Iddo Kuta (Kenya Harlequin), Stanslaus Shikoli (Strathmore Leos), Vincent Ochieng (Kenya Harlequin), William Otondi (Binghamton University), Patrick Wainaina (Kenya Harlequin), Zephenes Obwanga (Catholic Monks), Spencer Tayghan (Bryanston School), Anthony Okoyo (Homeboyz), Rogers Omanyi (Nondescripts), Eddy Wambugu (Daystar Falcons), Michael Wamalwa ( Catholic Monks), Felix Mosega Chacha (Mwamba), Nickson Shevei

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