A number of senior players were on Thursday named in the Kenya 7s squad that will travel for Hong Kong and Singapore 7s, seventh and eighth legs of the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series.
Homeboyz center Jeff Oluoch will captain Kenya 7s in the absence of Jacob Ojee who has exams as explained by head coach Paul Murunga. KCB's Andrew Amonde, Kenya Harlequin's Eden Agero, Homeboyz's Augustine Lugonzo and Kabras Sugar's Dani Sikuta are back.
South Africa based Nondies center Oscar Dennis (pictured) will make his competitive debut for Kenya 7s after making the final 12.
Mean Machine captain Shadon Munoko once again makes the squad after making his debut at Vancouver 7s. He is joined in the squad by regulars Daniel Taabu, Mark Wandeto and Johnstone Olindi.
Kenya failed to pick a win at Vancouver 7s losing all five matches. They are yet to reach a Cup quarter with Vancouver's performance seeing them drop to 14th with 18 points, just four above Japan who occupy the last and relegation spot.
Kenya 7s is in pool C that has Dubai and Sydney 7s champions New Zealand, Cape Town and Hamilton 7s champions Fiji and Australia. This is the toughest pool Kenya has been banded in so far this season.
Kenya's first match at Hong Kong 7s will be against Fiji at 4.37am on Friday April 5 with the second game set to be that evening against New Zealand (9.51pm) and the last match set to be against Australia at 1.33am on Sat April 6.
Shujaa has faced all three sides this season but hasn't managed a win. A recent meeting with Australia in the Challenge Trophy quarters at Vancouver 7s saw the Aussies win 47-7. Fiji beat Kenya 36-12 also at Vancouver 7s.
Kenya 7s must better Japan's performance in the remaining four legs to avoid relegation. If relegated, Kenya will have to seek qualification by first winning Africa 7s and going to a qualifier's tournament that features 12 teams.
Kenya 7s Squad to Hong Kong, Singapore 7s:
Daniel Taabu, Eden Agero, Vincent Onyala, Oscar Dennis, Jeff Oluoch- Captain, Nelson Oyoo, Augustine Lugonzo, Shaddon Munoko, Bush Mwale, Mark Wandeto, Andrew Amonde, Johnstone Olindi, Daniel Sikuta
Hong Kong 7s Pooling
Pool A: South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Japan
Pool B: France, Argentina, Canada, Portugal
Pool C: Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Kenya
Pool D: USA, England, Wales, Spain