Kenya 7s captain Andrew Amonde has retired from International sevens rugby after the Tokyo Olympics where Shujaa finished ninth.
Amonde led the side for the last time on Wednesday 28 July as they beat Ireland 22-0. The former Kisumu RFC forward has been with the sevens team for 15 years.
He says his decision to retire from the sevens team is because he wants to create space for younger talents in the team.
“I think for me it’s done. The years have caught up with me and I have done my service to the country. It is good enough to see others come in because we have mentored young guys. Me being here will hinder their success and the success of the team. It’s nice to give other people a chance,” he told reporters after the Ireland match.
“It has been my family for 15 years and I appreciate every moment with them. It has been an honour to serve with this group of players, I will miss them so much. I will keep encouraging them from the sidelines to see where they can get as a team,” he added.
Amonde was appointed as captain in 2012 replacing Humphrey Kayange, it was after spending over six years with the side having made his debut in 2006 during the South Africa Sevens.
He captained Shujaa to the 2013 Rugby World Cup held in Russia as Kenya finished fourth. The forward also took part in the 2018 Rugby World and Commonwealth Games.
Amonde led the side to win the Singapore 7s and also captained the side to the maiden Olympics in 2016.
The KCB Rugby forward played 358 matches, scoring 64 for a total of 320 points. He has 528 carries, 62 clean breaks and 369 tackles (all-time highest for Kenya).
Amonde has also represented Kenya in Rugby Africa Men’s sevens. In 2019, he received a Head of State Commendation for his service to the nation.