On Saturday the Kenya Rugby Union released a list of 102 players who are set to be part of the Kenya Simbas preliminary preparations ahead of the 2021 International season.
The squad will be taken through virtual sessions before the squad is trimmed to 50 players. The coaches are keen to have a final squad of 30 that will compete in this year’s Rugby Africa Cup.
The 30 will have a training camp at Stellenbosch in South Africa in June. The side will later play Rugby Africa Cup clashes against Senegal and Zambia in July.
Paul Odera named 11 foreign-based players in his squad. Monate Akuei, Andrew Siminyu, Brayden Barrat, Owain Ashley Lloyd, Coulson and Mutuku brothers are among the 11.
Among the Kenya Cup clubs, Kabras got 15 slots with Fullback Jone Kubu getting his first call-up to National Team. The Fijian is eligible to feature for Kenya as he has completed thirty-six consecutive months of residence preceding the time of his call-up. He is also yet to play for the Fijian senior team.
Derrick Ashiundu, Kevin Wekesa, Valerian Tendwa, Eugene Sifuna, Brian Tanga, Victor Emmanuel and Bryceson Adaka have also earned their first 15s call-ups.
Kenya Cup holders KCB have 13 places in the list. Former Simbas captain Davis Chenge, Patrick Ouko, Martin Owilla and Darwin Mukidza are back in the team after missing the 2019 campaign. Stephen Osumba gets his first chance as he joins his other eight teammates who were part of the 2019 campaign.
Kenya Harlequins got 11 slots where James McGreevy, Leroy Kamau, Brian Oyando and Brian Waraba have been handed first call-ups. Quins neighbours Impala have Emmanuel Otieno and Anderson Oduor earning their maiden call-ups while Steve Anthony Otieno and Nesta Okotch are back after missing the last two campaigns.
2021 Kenya Cup leading scorer Timothy Okwemba is among the nine players picked from the Oilers squad. Emmanuel Mulindo, Hibrahim Ayoo, Clinton Odhiambo, Harold Anduvate and Abdultwalib Wesonga are the first-timers on the list.
Mwamba have eight players in the 102, Homeboyz and Blak Blad have six players each. Nakuru and Nondies have three players each while Strathmore Leos with two players close the list of the Kenya Cup clubs that had their players selected. MMUST had no player picked.
Five players from Championship sides earned call-ups in Odera’s 2021 provisional squad.
Simbas 2021 provisional squad breakdown per club
Kabras (15): Joseph Odero, Victor Emmanuel, Eugene Sifuna, Ephraim Oduor, Brian Juma, Kevin Nyongesa, George Nyambua, Dan Sikuta, Barry Robinson, Brian Tanga, Jone Kubu, Derrick Ashiundu, Johnstone Muhanji, Bryceson Adaka, Valerian Tendwa
KCB (13): Griffin Musila, Patrick Ouko, Davis Chenge, Martin Owilla, Samuel Asati, Stephen Osumba, Peter Kilonzo, Vincent Onyala, Darwin Mukidza, Geoffrey Okwach, Michael Kimwele, Jacob Ojee, Isaac Njoroge
Foreign based(11): Andrew Siminyu(University of Jo’burg), Toby Francombe(Unattached) Miles Rotuk Rahedi (Kutztown University), Malcolm Onsando(Dinamo Bucharesti), Monate Akuei(Old Blue), Mark Mutuku(Notre Dame Athletic), Cameron Coulson (Richmond RFC), Brayden Barrat(Durham University London), Owain Ashley Lloyd(Cardiff University), Dominic Coulson(Exeter University), Jeff Mutuku(Notre Dame Athletic),
Kenya Harlequins (11): Elisha Koronya, Boniface Ochieng, Brian Waraba, Melvin Thairu, Wilheight Mususi, Emmanuel Mavala, Herman Humwa, Joshua Chisanga, James McGreevy, Leroy Kamau, Brian Oyando
Impala (10): Nesta Okotch, Emmanuel Otieno, Ian Masheti, Frank Aduda, Elkeans Musonye, Steve Anthony Otieno, Samson Onsomu, Billy Omondi, Anderson Oduor, Anthony Odhiambo
Oilers (9): Emmanuel Mulindo, Hibrahim Ayoo, Samuel Onsongo, Clinton Odhiambo, Harold Anduvati, Abdultwalib Wesonga, Timothy Okwemba, Beldad Ogeta, Austin Sikutwa
Mwamba RFC (8): Tony Owuor, Steve Sikuta, Charles Kuka, Anthony Omondi, George Omolla, Mike Okello, Joel Inzuga, Ronnie Omondi
Homeboyz (6): Stanley Isogol, Emmanuel Silungi, Wallace Otieno, Zeden Marrow, Bob Muhati, Leonard Mugaisi
Blak Blad (6): Collins Obure, Darrensheldon Kahi, Ernest Obatt, Derrick Obukwa, Brian Wahinya Archadius Khwesa,
Nakuru (3): Thomas Okeyo, John Okoth , Samuel Mwaura
Nondies (3): Ian Njenga, Brian Amaitsa, Fidel Oloo
Strathmore (2): Bethwel Anami, Andrew Matoka
Western Bulls (2): Andrew Odhiambo, Bretty Kamadi .
SC Pirates: Charles Tendwa
Catholic Monks: Max Omondi
USIU: Eliud Mulakoli