Janet Okelo (15) of Kenya Lionesses celebrates try with teammates during 2019 Rugby Africa Women's Cup between Kenya and Uganda at the Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, on 13 August 2019 ©APO Group

Lionesses coach calls for build-up matches after Dubai, Cape Town 7s cancellation


Kenya Lionesses head coach Felix Oloo has said the cancellation of both the Dubai and Cape Town 7s, comes as a frustration slap to his side’s Olympics and World Series Qualifiers preparation plans.

The tactician, who led the side to a final-loss finish in last year’s edition of the Dubai 7s Invitation Tournament, stated that their first order of business is re-strategizing of the afore laid out build-up plans, for both the World Series Qualifiers and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics tournaments.

“I was keen on ensuring we lift the Dubai 7s tournament this year, after losing in last year’s finals. The ripple effects of the cancellation see us re-strategizing our plans. Regardless of the frustration, safety comes first,” Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) quoted Oloo.

Oloo further stressed the importance of buildup matches in the preparation bid for his World Series and Olympics quest, stating they’ll need for such games at the start of the 2021 calendar.

“Should our training sessions resume before the end of the year, we will request for more games in the coming year as the build-up to the two tournaments,” Oloo stated.

Echoing his sentiments, Lionesses skipper Philadelphia Olando urged her fellow players to continue with their personal training, saying the 2021 calendar is not that far as it may seem.

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“I urge players to keep training and keep fit since we still have tasks at hand in 2021. That way, it will all be easier for us as a team, when we eventually resume our training session, as opposed to starting from the scratch,” She said.

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