Championship side South Coast Pirates have named a 40-man squad that will do duty in the 2018/19 Championship from November.
According to the official club's portal, the squad features 20 forwards and 15 backline players, all of whom have worked tirelessly in order to be part of the side which will trickle down to the normal twenty three players during each match.
"Captaining the squad is flanker Charles Okwemba, who after impressing as captain while sharing the duties with Derrick Mambili under the previous head coach Kenny Andola, has once again been nominated to lead the team and will be assisted by utility back Jacob Adera who featured predominantly at centre under Andola," said Pirates.
While there are several personnel changes to last season’s squad, there are also a number of positional switches with the new coach Buyachi opting to use various players in unfamiliar positions so as to suit how he would prefer to see the team play.
Kelvin Amiani will move from the midfield into the front row of the scrum and will share hooking duties with Joseph Kariuki and Ramtu Hassan.
"In the second row, youngsters Collins Kabayo and Simon Saha may have done enough in the recent weeks to impress Buyachi who has also included Ken Wambua and Kennedy Ombache in the engine room of the scrum."
Pirates open the 2018/19 campaign against Mombasa RFC on November 17 against immediate former Kenya Cup side Mombasa RFC in Mombasa town.
SCP 2018/19 Championship squad
Forwards; Kelvin Amiani, Joseph Kariuki, Ramtu Hassan, Clinton Machero, Timothy Osaji, Henry Rhino, Kelvin Nduhiu, Lucas Lemuta, Dominic Atira, Nicholas Omodo, Simon Saha, Collins Kabayo, Wambua Ken, Ombache Kennedy, Ferdinand Munga, Charles Okwemba (C), Lawrence Buyachi, Benjamin Lutta, Dan Mwadime, Clifford Odhiambo
Backs; Collins Shikuku, Ali Rashid, William Kyalo, Phillip Mbisi, Omondi Fred, Tendwa Charles, Adera Jacob (VC), Steve Bosire, Amimo Churchill, Safari Kazungu, Hassan Messi, Humphrey Lugara, Zuga Habib, Hajj Mohammed, Agutu Oscar, Joseph Musyoki, Bashir Rahid, Robert Magande, Luka Amani, Marko Amani
South Coast Pirates Fixtures 2018/19- Championship
Nov 17 vs Mombasa(A)
Nov 24 vs Catholic(H)
Dec 1 vs USIU(A)
Dec 8 vs Egerton(H)
Dec 15 vs Ngong(H)
Jan 12 vs Kisii(A)
Jan 19 vs Kisumu(H)
Jan 26 vs Western Bulls(A)
Feb 9 vs MMUST(H)
Feb 16 vs Kitale(H)
Feb 23 vs UOE(A)
March 2 vs Mombasa(H)
March 16 vs Catholic(A)
March 23 vs USIU(H)
March 30 vs Egerton(A)
April 6 vs Ngong(A)
Championship Top 6 Playoffs: Saturday 27 April 2019
Championship Semis: Saturday 4 May 2019
Championship Final: Saturday 11 May 2019
Additional material derived from Southcoastpiratesrfc.co.ke