Kenya Sevens are going to be hoping to come out in the 2022 World 7s Series season on a high note as they play USA at the Dubai Sevens on Friday from 9am East African time.
The World Sevens Series will commence with 12 teams set to require part within the Dubai opening leg tournament slated for Sevens Stadium.
Core sides New Zealand, Samoa are still missing while England, Wales, and Scotland will play the primary two tournaments as Great Britain. Fiji, Australia, and France are back after missing the shortened 2021 Series.
After facing USA within the morning, Shujaa will then face Argentina at 1:30 PM and their final match are at 4:02 PM against Spain as they seek to duplicate the 2021 performance that saw them achieve a podium finish within the shortened series.
The team finished third overall within the abridged 2021 Sevens playoff in Canada, reaching the final where they lost to African nation before securing a 3rd place finish at the second leg in Edmonton.
Olympic Gold Medalist Fiji return after missing the 2021 World 7s Series and are pooled alongside returning Australia, Canada and France.
The final Pool has 2021 Series Champions Republic of South Africa who will tackle Ireland, Great Britain and Japan, who were promoted as HSBC World Rugby Challenger Series champions in 2020.
Great Britain will participate within the opening two rounds of the Series in Dubai, as a part of the standing agreement to play the year 2021, before reverting to compete as national unions for the rest of the 2022 Series, with England, Scotland and Wales participating within the men’s Series and England within the women’s series.
The 16 men’s core teams after the Dubai events are Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, Republic of South Africa, Spain, USA and Wales.
The 11 core women’s teams after the Dubai events are Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA.
Two men’s and one women’s teams are going to be relegated from the 2022 Series, to make sure a pathway for teams to be promoted from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series.
Dubai 7s Fixtures
Kenya vs USA-9am
Kenya vs Argentina-1.30pm
Kenya vs Spain-4pm
Davis Cup Set To Kick Off Kenya Polo Season
Ponies are tired but they have to participate in the next four tournaments coming up at Nairobi Polo Club in the next four weeks before they take a four-month break ahead of the season proper in May.
Hopefully, without postponement of matches, it will be a busy and tough season altogether for the young and experienced players.
And as the new season commences with the annual Davis Cup at Nairobi Polo Club tomorrow, it will be another tough season just like the previous season but officials are working around the clock to ensure all flows well.
Davis Cup opens doors for the low handicap players in four consecutive tournaments on different weekends this weekend at the same venue that are meant to shape up the skills of young players who are expected to play a prominent role in both the local and international scene this season.
During the four tournaments, the youngsters will be mixed with experienced players to have them get a feel high-profile tournaments.
Maria Bencivenga Memorial Championships coming up on January 15-16 will be the second tournament after Davis Cup this season ahead of the Soldiers’ Salute Championships on January 22-23 and Chairman’s Cup on January 29-30.
Nairobi Polo Club chairman Raphael Nzomo confirmed the four tournaments will allow youngsters to prepare of the new season.
“These are usually low key tournaments that give our youngsters time to analyse their strengths and weaknesses before the commencement of the new season where we mix them (youngsters) with experienced players,”said Nzomo.
Mbungo Urges Bandari Strikers To Be More Ruthless Ahead Of Sofapaka Game
Bandari coach Andre Mbungo has urged his troops to sharpen up on their finishing ahead of Tuesday’s FKF Premier League match against former champions Sofapaka.
“We have not been scoring in the last five matches and significant improvement will be required especially by the strikers,” Mbungo said after his side’s 1-0 win over Ulinzi Stars at Mbaraki Sports Club on Wednesday.
The former AFC Leopards coach knows it will not be a walk in the park for the dockers when they travel to Wundanyi Stadium next week.
“There is plenty to work on going into the next match. We have been shooting blanks but we have no option but to improve on our striking force in order to score goals,” said Mbungo.
Bandari have so far garnered 19 points from ten matches, six points behind league leaders Kakamega Homeboyz.
But Mbungo appears to be motivated with the return of the trio of Abdallah Hassan, Chris Ochieng and Benjamin Mosha from injuries.
“It is only Darius Msagha who is out of action. He is expected to resume training next week,” said the coach.
Just like Mbungo, Ulinzi head coach Stephen Ocholla blamed his team’s blunt attack for the defeat.