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Machine ready for two assignments in Nakuru
By Eric Njiru | Fri 20 Jul, 2018 14:20

Mean Machine is sending two teams to Nakuru for different sevens tournaments that fall on the same weekend. 

One squad will be at Nakuru Athletics Club while another will be in Njoro for Kenya Universities Sevens, KUSA. 

Sevens head coach Ramsfield Matekwa has named Shadon Munoko to lead the squad to Prinsloo 7s where they will play Strathmore Leos, Mwamba and Kabras Sugar. 

Machine seek a strong start to the national sevens circuit like they did in 2017 where they reached cup semis at Driftwood 7s.
"We have prepared well, at least we have depth for the two tournaments and players are impressing," said Matekwa. 

 "This season we are in a better position because last season the depth was un-wanting and that's the reason most players got injuries and that's why we were going up and down." 

They meet circuit defending champions Kabras Sugar and a Strathmore side that has been well in Sevens.
"Pool is fine. It's the best we've seen and most of these teams we've met them in the 15s set up. We need focus to start well and the mentality will bring the team up," adds Matekwa. 

He feels they have a chance of winning at least three legs. "We are really focusing on this. According to the depth we have we want to go for it, we've worked hard for it and we want to make a change this season."

A month ago Machine beat Kenya Harlequin 12-5 to win Embu 7s and this has gone a long way in motivating the boys to the circuit.
"Winning Embu 7s has enlightened us and obviously is a motivation and more teams are focusing on us now but we are focused on our aim in the circuit." 

Matekwa adds that KUSA 7s remains as important as Prinsloo 7s and that's why he is sending a strong side to Egerton.
"The KUSA tournament is also crucial to us. Universities side are bringing very strong side and also us guys we've done our best. For the two tournament we've had we've come out no 3 or 4 so we are looking forward to going to the next level." 

KUSA squad
1. Yazmin Otachi 2.Edward Omundo 3.Reuben Konga 4.Kevin Daniel 5.Collins Kipchirchir 6.Walter Lumbasi 7.Kevin Otieno 8.Wilber Jones 9.Bob Otieno 10.Maroko Edward (C) 11.John Mark 12. Denis Opati 

Prinsloo squad
1.Shadon Munoko 2.Grevis Onyino 3.Isaac Waweru 4.Marvin karungi 5.Erick Muthama 6.Alfred Orege 7.Victor Shavia 8.Brian Marube 9.Edward Omundo 10.Valentine Odoyo 11.Festus Shiasi 12.Nick Mutura 

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere. Experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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