Kenya Sevens Maintain World Series Promotion Hopes

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Kenya Sevens win first two matches in Munich.
Shujaa beats Portugal 33-5 and Japan 28-12.
Key players include Vincent Onyala and Tony Omondi.
Aiming for top-four finish to reach Madrid playoffs.

Kenya Sevens continued their pursuit of World Series promotion with an impressive start at the Challenger Series finale in Munich, Germany. With two victories in their opening group games, they remain on track for a top-four finish, essential for advancing to the promotion-relegation playoff in Madrid.

Dominant Performance Against Portugal

In their second group match, Kenya Sevens, known as Shujaa, displayed dominance by thrashing Portugal 33-5. This comprehensive victory followed their initial win against Japan, where they triumphed 28-12. The match against Portugal saw tries from captain Vincent Onyala, John Okoth, Chrisant Ojwang, Nygel Amaitsa, and George Ooro, with co-captain Tony Omondi converting four of the five tries.

Overcoming Japan’s Early Lead

Kenya’s encounter with Japan was a test of resilience and skill. Japan initially led 12-7 at halftime, with tries from Shotaro Tsuoka and Moeki Fukushi. However, Shujaa turned the tide in the second half. Kevin Wekesa’s try, converted by Omondi, brought them back into the game. John Okoth then scored, with Omondi adding the extras again. The returning Patrick Odongo extended the lead with a powerful try, also converted by Omondi. Chrisant Onjwang sealed the win with a try from the bench, securing a 28-12 victory.

Preparing for the Quarter-Final

With these wins, Kenya has one foot in the cup quarter-final ahead of their final Group C clash against Chile. The match against Chile is anticipated to be challenging, but Kenya can draw confidence from their previous encounter, where they beat the South Americans 31-12 to win bronze in Montevideo, Uruguay, in March. A semi-final finish in Munich will secure their place in the Madrid playoff, a critical step towards reclaiming their spot in the World Series.

Path to Promotion

Kenya Sevens’ goal is clear: secure a top-four finish in Munich to advance to the promotion-relegation playoff in Madrid. This playoff will feature four Challenger Series teams and the bottom four World Series teams. The top four sides from this tournament will earn a place in the World Series, while the remaining teams will continue in the Challenger Series next season.

Aiming for a Return to the Top Flight

Kenya’s journey is fueled by the desire to return to the top flight, having seen their 19-year top-tier status end last May. A successful campaign in Munich and subsequent promotion in Madrid would mark a significant step towards an immediate return to the World Series.

Captain Vincent Onyala

Onyala’s leadership has been pivotal, as demonstrated by his try against Portugal. His ability to motivate the team and lead by example has been crucial in their current campaign.

Co-Captain Tony Omondi

Omondi’s accuracy in conversions has been a game-changer. His four conversions against Portugal and consistent performance against Japan have solidified his role as a key player.

John Okoth

Okoth has shown remarkable consistency, scoring crucial tries in both matches. His agility and scoring ability make him a player to watch as Kenya progresses.

Patrick Odongo

Returning from injury, Odongo’s pace and power were evident in his try against Japan. His performance boosts the team’s offensive capabilities.

Chrisant Ojwang

Ojwang’s impact off the bench was significant, sealing victories and maintaining the team’s momentum. His role as a substitute adds depth to Kenya’s squad.

Kenya Sevens are on a mission to reclaim their place in the World Series.

Key Performers and Their Stats
Vincent Onyala (Captain)

Scored 1 try against Portugal.
Leadership crucial in both victories.
Tony Omondi (Co-Captain)

Converted 4 out of 5 tries against Portugal.
Scored conversions for all tries against Japan (4).
John Okoth

Scored 1 try in each match (2 total).
Consistent offensive threat.
Patrick Odongo

Scored 1 try against Japan.
Key return from injury boosting team performance.
Chrisant Ojwang

Scored 1 try against Portugal.
Scored off the bench against Japan, securing win.

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