The Kenya Under 20 squad gearing up for the Rugby Africa Barthes Cup had been revealed ahead of the competition.
The 28-man training squad has John Baraka as the captain and he is being assisted by Wilhite Musisi and Andrew Matoka.
Other players in the Curtis Olago squad include Tyson Juma, Collins Indeche, Arnold Onzere, Amon Wamalwa, Anderson Oduor, Mohammed Khaidar among others.
Three players will be dropped from the squad as the it is narrowed down to 25 ahead of the competition set for later this month.
The side has had a series of training camps in Nairobi and Nakuru over the past month and has also had the opportunity to play training matches against local club sides KCB and Mwamba, winning both, albeit by close margins, 15-10 against KCB and 12-10 against Mwamba.
Commenting on the team’s preparations ahead of the tournament runs in Nairobi from 24th June to 3rd July, Team Manager Peter Mutai said, “The preparations have been going on well. We are pleased to see the team beginning to gel as we draw closer to the tournament. There is still some tuning to do ahead of the competition but so far, so good.”
According to Kenya Rugby Union, the competition will be held at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.
The tournament organized by Rugby Africa, returns after failing to take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the whole world. The 2019 edition saw Kenya beat Namibia 21-18 to qualify for the World Junior Trophy.
Barthes Cup is held on an annual basis and the winners of the competition earn the right to represent the African continent at the World Rugby Junior Trophy.
Barthes Cup warm-up Results
Kenya U20 12-10 Mwamba
Kenya U20 13-26 Menengai Oilers
Kenya U20 13-10 KCB
Provisional Chipu squad:
Nicholas Otieno Okullo, Celestine Mboi, Collins Indeche, John Baraka (Captain), Wilhite Musisi (Vice Captain), Mohammed Khaidar, Tyson Juma Maina, Felix Chacha, Richel Wangila, Reinhard Mwalati Ngaira, Arnold Onzere, Amon Wamalwa, Andrew Wangila, Ibrahim Ayoo, Tony Amoyah, Maxwell Atera, Edwin Nyachio, Amos Mukoro, Andrew Matoka (Vice Captain), Mathias Osimbo, Anderson Oduor, Aggrey Javan Olando, William Opaka, Shem Oloo Okola, Laban Kipsang, Roy Mulievi, Reagan Juma, Pesian Elvis Kolian