Andrew Amonde will captain the Kenya Men’s Sevens National Team for the Tokyo Olympics, while Philidelphia Olando will captain the Kenya Women’s Sevens National Team.
Amonde is one of four survivors from the Rio Olympics squad that made their Olympic debut in 2106. Kenya finished 11th in the overall standing of the inaugural Rio Summer Olympics in Brazil five years ago. Also making their their second Olympic Games appearance are Collins Injera, Billy Odhiambo and Willy Ambaka.
Head Coach Innocent Simiyu said, “The selection was tough as all the boys put in the work. We are happy to have a few experienced players fit and back into the fold. Our key target is getting out of the pool. Our first pool game will set the standard for our performance in Tokyo.”
Shujaa Olympic squad:
Non Travelling Reserves: Bush Mwale, Derrick Keyoga, Dennis Ombachi
The Lionesses have been named as well, their 13 player squad will be flying out to Tokyo this week to make their way to the Tokyo Olympics. Olando was named the captain for the women’s side, one of the three Olympians from the original Rio Olympics squad.
Sheila Chajira and Janet Okello will also be coming back for their second Olympic appearance, as they approach a difficult pool at an early stage. Kenya is in Pool A with the New Zealand Black Ferns, Russia and Great Britain.
Oloo has said baout his team, ” We based our selection criteria on attendance, discipline, medical assessment, player fitness as well as an understanding of the game and positional roles each player has. This is what guided our selection of the final 13 players.”
“We also have a few players who missed out on the selection because they are yet to recover from injuries picked up in previous tournaments.”
“I am very excited to play against the greatest teams in the world at the Olympics, much as we are the underdogs, we plan to play to win. We shall give our best and let character win the day when we take on to the pitch. We ask our fans back home to support us throughout the tournament.” Oloo continued.
Lionesses Olympic Squad:
Non Travelling Reserve: Enid Ouma