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USIU-South Coast Pirates name squads for KRU Championship opener

USIU players hurdle before the championship match. Photo Courtesy/USIU

Five players will make their debut at USIU as they tackle South Coast Pirates in a KRU Championship match set for KCB Sports Club on Saturday 3:00 PM.

Coach Tom Lagat has tasked George Muyomba to lead the front row alongside Sam kiriro and Andrew Ogallo. Debutant Andrew Odemba will partner Baya Philip in the second row. Kipchumba Ronald will start at halfback, while Allan Odiyo will be at flyhalf.

Fred Okoth, Muinde Makau, debutant Paul Mukhisa, Eric Obwanga and Co captain Elvis Kadima are also in the backline.

South Coast Pirates Head Coach Kevin Amiani has debutants Adnan Juma and Athman Juma in his squad. Dominic Atira makes a return to the team after a long-term injury and is joined by Scotty Lugara and Ferdinand Munga in the front row with Nick Omondi and Juma being in the Second row.

The back row has experienced Cliphod Odhiambo and Captain Charles Okwemba. Youngsters Ali Rashid and William Kyallo will start at nine and ten respectively. Kenyan International Charles Tendwa will man the midfield alongside Steven Bosire.

Speaking moments after unveiling his squad for the Championship match against USIU, Amiani said he is not under any pressure considering this will be his first ever major assignment after being elevated to the Head Coach position.

“Am not under any pressure, from my side. We have what it takes to get our first win way to USIU,” he told the Scrummage.

“We have newbies in the team that have worked hard during preseason,this is their right time to showcase what they are bringing to the table”he added.

USIU: 1. George Muyomba C 2. Sam Kiriro 3. Andrew Ogallo 4. Adrian Odemba* 5. Baya Philip 6. Stanley Kabita 7. Isaiah Kulova 8. Tobby Fidel 9. Kipchumba Ronald 10. Allan Odiyo 11. Fred Okoth 12. Muinde Makau 13. Paul Mukhisa* 14. Eric Obwanga 15. Elvis Kadima .C.

Replacements: 16. Ian Wahinya* 17. George Ochieng18. Aggrey Oguna 19. Willard Alukaba Oloo * 20. Desire Adriko 21. Willy Odhiambo 22. Ladu Wani Buyu * 23. Godfrey Kiragu

South Coast Pirates 1 Dominic Atira 2 Scotty Lugara 3 Ferdinand Munga 4 Nick Omodo 5 Adnan Juma. 6 Cliphod Odhiambo 7 Charles Okwemba (c) 8 Collins Kabayo 9 Ali Rashid 10 William Kyalo 11 Joseph Musyoki 12 Steven Bosire 13 Charles Tendwa 14 Abuga 15 Bakari Hassan

Replacements: 16.Timothy Osaji 17 Joseph Karioki 18 Evans Mwanzala 19 Wen Wambua 20 Athumani Juma 21 Ella’s Gitonga 22 Philip Mbisi 23 Hajj Mohamed 24 Edwin Ojiambo 25 Kenneth Omaset 26 Issa Men

*Debutantes

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