Recently, St, Mary's alumnus Sammy Oliech received his maiden call for the HSBC World Rugby Series when he named in Kenya 7s squad for two assignments; Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s.
Though he was part of the Kenya 7s team back in 2013, Oliech who is known to his peers as SSBeezy, never featured in the Sevens World Series, till his recent addition to the 12-man team that went all the way to the plate semis at Las Vegas.
Talent and hunger
As Oliech and Co. prepare to concur at the inaugural Vancouver 7s in Canada where Kenya will contest pool A against New Zealand, Portugal and Samoa, his coach at Impala Oduor Gangla tips him to become a mainstay in the Kenya 7s setup.
"Well done to him. Oliech has always had the talent and hunger. People always say things happen for a reason, it was God's time that he made it to the team," said Gangla to Raga House on the former Kenya U19 and Nondies player
"I always tell my players a National team call-up is just once. Even Collins (Injera) is never guaranteed he will go for the next trip. I just pray that Oliech continues to grow. He has the ability to play for Kenya for a long time." added Gangla on the player already capped by Kenya Simbas
Can spot gaps
In Las Vegas Oliech made his series debut in the second pool game against Portugal and went on to feature in more games from the bench in the run-up to the plate semis.
With orientation to the high pressure World Series now over, Oliech is expected to pick more game time at Vancouver.
He is known for his pace and power, unique definitive’s of high rise catches and sure boot, with the eye for gaps in acceleration mode.