Kenya Simbas Announce Dynamic Squad for 2024 Season

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Kenya Rugby Union unveils 2024 Simbas squad.
14 new players, majority from Rugby Super Series.
Several seasoned players return to the squad.
Simbas begin 2024 season with Rugby Africa Cup.

New Faces and Returning Stars Signal a Fresh Approach

The Kenya Rugby Union has unveiled the Simbas squad for the 2024 season, highlighting a blend of fresh talent and experienced campaigners. The team is set to embark on an exciting journey, beginning with the Rugby Africa Cup in Kampala, Uganda, from July 20-28. With 14 maiden call-ups and several returning players, the squad promises a dynamic and competitive edge.

Influx of Fresh Talent

The Simbas have welcomed 14 new players, most of whom showcased their prowess during the recently concluded Rugby Super Series. This infusion of new blood is expected to inject vitality and enthusiasm into the squad. Among the debutants are Francis Atiti, Felix Ojow, Amos Obae, Felix Okoth, William Mwanji, Griffin Chao, Obat Kuke, Tyson Maina, Richel Wangila, Matthias Osimbo, Dennis Abukuse, Abutwalib Wesonga, and Quinto Ongo. Notably, former Kenya Sevens international Johnstone Olindi, now plying his trade in Canada, also makes a return to the fold.

Return of Seasoned Players

The squad sees the return of several seasoned players who missed last year’s internationals. The foreign-based trio of Andrew Siminyu, Malcolm Onsando, and Thomas Okeyo, alongside Edward Mwaura, Clinton Juma, Samson Onsomu, Beldad Ogeta, and Emmanuel Silungi, bring valuable experience and depth to the team. Additionally, Timothy Okwemba, last capped in 2019, makes a comeback, reinforcing the squad’s strategic strength.

Key Absences and Future Prospects

While the squad boasts a robust lineup, it will be without some of its key players. John Okoth, Vincent Onyala, Brian Tanga, Samuel Asati, and Lamech Ambetsa are currently with the national sevens team, Shujaa, preparing for the Olympic Games. Moreover, Jone Kubu is in recovery from an ankle injury and is undergoing return-to-play protocols after successful surgery.

Comprehensive Squad Breakdown


Loosehead Props:

  • Francis Atiti (Menengai Oilers)
  • Edward Mwaura (Kabras Sugar)
  • Andrew Siminyu (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)


  • Eugene Sifuna (Kabras Sugar)
  • Teddy Akala (Kabras Sugar)
  • Griffin Musila (KCB)

Tighthead Props:

  • Wilhite Mususi (KCB)
  • Ephraim Oduor (Kabras Sugar)
  • Hillary Mwanjilwa (Kabras Sugar)


  • Brian Juma (Kabras Sugar)
  • Hibrahim Ayoo (Menengai Oilers)
  • Felix Okoth (Nakuru)
  • Clinton Juma (Menengai Oilers)
  • Hillary Odhiambo (Kabras Sugar)
  • Malcolm Onsando (SCM Rugby Timisoara, Romania)
  • Emmanuel Silungi (KCB)


  • George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar)
  • Felix Ojow (KCB)
  • Amos Obae (Nakuru)
  • Brian Ndirangu (Westshore RFC, Canada)
  • Thomas Okeyo (NovaVit Griffons, South Africa)
  • Elvis Olukusi (KCB)
  • William Mwanji (Kabras Sugar)

Number Eights:

  • Jeanson Musoga (Kabras Sugar)
  • Elkeans Musonye (Menengai Oilers)
  • Obat Kuke (Blak Blad)


Scrum Halves:

  • Michael Wanjala (KCB)
  • Samson Onsomu (Menengai Oilers)
  • Brian Wahinya (KCB)

Fly Halves:

  • Ntabeni Dukisa (Kabras Sugar)
  • Barry Young (Kabras Sugar)
  • Johnstone Olindi (Westshore RFC, Canada)


  • Beldad Ogeta (Menengai Oilers)
  • Griffin Chao (Kabras Sugar)
  • Derrick Ashiundu (Kabras Sugar)
  • Joel Inzuga (Mwamba)
  • Timothy Omela (Menengai Oilers)
  • Alfred Orege (Kabras Sugar)


  • Walter Okoth (Kabras Sugar)
  • Tyson Maina (Menengai Oilers)
  • Paul Mutsami (Kenya Harlequin)
  • Richel Wangila (Kenya Harlequin)
  • Bryceson Adaka (Kabras Sugar)
  • Matthias Osimbo (Kabras Sugar)
  • Dennis Abukuse (Menengai Oilers)


  • Abutwalib Wesonga (Menengai Oilers)
  • Quinto Ongo (Impala)

Looking Ahead

As the Simbas prepare for the Rugby Africa Cup, the blend of new talent and returning experience provides a solid foundation for the team’s ambitions. The new additions bring a fresh perspective and energy, while the seasoned players ensure that the squad remains grounded and strategic. This mix is crucial as the team looks to make a significant impact in the upcoming season, starting with a strong performance in Kampala.

Players to watch in the Squad

Johnstone Olindi: Former Kenya Sevens star, now playing in Canada, adds experience and versatility.

Francis Atiti: A standout in the Rugby Super Series, his debut brings fresh energy to the props.

Felix Ojow: Known for his dynamic playing style, he’s a crucial addition in the flankers.

Andrew Siminyu: Returning after international experience in South Africa, bolsters the front row’s strength.

Emmanuel Silungi: A seasoned lock from KCB, his experience will be vital for the team’s defense.

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