New faces in Simbas

Thursday, May 30th, 2024 03:30 | By
Simba’s winger Darwin Mukiza kicks a penalty during a past match. He is missing in the team named yesterday. PHOTO/Print

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) yesterday named 14 new faces into the Simbas squad for the crucial 2024 international fixtures. The maiden call ups, majority of whom were active during the just concluded Rugby Super Series include Francis Atiti, Felix Ojow, Amos Obae, Felix Okoth, William Mwanji, Griffin Chao, Obat Kuke, Tyson Maina, Richel Wangila, Matthias Osimbo, Dennis Abukuse, Abutwalib Wesonga and Quinto Ongo.

Former Kenya Sevens international Johnstone Olindi, now playing his club rugby in Canada also gets a call up to the squad.

The foreign based trio of Andrew Siminyu, Malcolm Onsando,Thomas Okeyo as well as Edward Mwaura, Clinton Juma, Samson Onsomu, Beldad Ogeta and Emmanuel Silungi who were also in action during the Rugby Super Series return to the squad after missing out on last year’s internationals. Timothy Okwemba, last capped in 2019 also makes a return.

Seasoned Simbas campaigners John Okoth, Vincent Onyala, Brian Tanga, Samuel Asati and Lamech Ambetsa are away with the national sevens team, Shujaa as they prepare to compete at the Olympic games Jone Kubu is recovering from an ankle injury and going through return to play protocols following successful surgery. 

The Simbas will begin their 2024 season with the Rugby Africa Cup between 20-28 July in Kampala, Uganda. 

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