Kenya 7s Call Up Billy ‘The Kid’

Kenya Sevens have recalled talisman Billy Odhiambo for Hong Kong and Singapore Sevens duties.

Odhiambo is called to replace Willy Ambaka who pulled out on Monday due to professional issues and is expected to continue with his impressive form in Hong Kong.

Billy ‘The Kid’ was available for Thursday’s training with the boys in Hong Kong, just under 24 hours before the kick-off as Dan Sikuta, who also withdrew alongside Ambaka, will not be replaced as he had been named as a 13th player.

The Mwamba RFC star had been left as he had a knock from Las Vegas 7s but it was not serious.

Odhiambo is currently one of the best performing players in the team as he is fourth in the overall DHL Performance tracker at the close of Vancouver 7 despite not taking part in the tournament. Billy has 201 points in tackles, offloads, breaks and carries.

In the meantime, head coach Innocent Simiyu says players will have to double up in some position during Hong Kong Sevens.

“We are hoping to do a bit of adaptation in terms of positions so we can cover these gaps. We have to deal with the resources that we have, we have some players who will double up in some positions.”

“Collins (Injera), with his experience can play either wing or center, Oli (Oliech) who can play any position from fly half to wing, Bush (Mwale) who can play center or hooker….We are trying to adapt the players to be able to cover at least two positions. That is what we will do to mitigate the absence of the two forwards.”

Kenya Sevens will start their Hong Kong Sevens campaign with a Pool B clash against Canada at 3.18pm East African Time on Friday 7 April 2017.

“We have an interesting pool, I think we have a good shot at qualifying for the cup quarters because if you look at South Africa, we come close twice against them…We’ve beaten France twice and lost once, also beat Canada once and lost  once…I  think  it is a good pool…we have a good shot. Hopefully we can execute our strategy on game day and come up with wins, perhaps even hit our targets as we get the wins.” said Simiyu.

Shujaa who currently sit 12th on the log with 40 points will then complete their pool matches on Saturday 8 April, starting with a fixture against series leaders South Africa at 8.56am and France at 12.34pm respectively.

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