Tall order as Kayange returns to Kenya 7s

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 19 – After seven months of rehabilitation, former skipper Humphrey Kayange, is back in the national Sevens team that will depart Sunday for the sixth and seventh legs of HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong and Tokyo.Kayange, who returns to the squad for the first time this season after sustain an ankle injury at last year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games, is the only change that head coach, Felix Ochieng made when unveiling the 12-man travelling party on Thursday. Ochieng who led the team to its best outing this season at Wellington and Las Vegas, said Kayange’s return is a major boost as they focus on starting on high in Hong Kong next weekend when they lock horns with former Kenya 7s tactician, Mike Friday’s USA, England and Wales.“I have trust in all players and Kayange has a lot of work to do but it’s important to have him in the team to provide leadership skills. We have players who have really matured in the game so he must enjoy his time because there are players who will play and perform better like him.“We have tried to get a good combination of experienced and young players for us to get results that we want. It’s always a headache to select team when you have a full house but despite that, we have to ensure we get the right combination that take onto the pitch and be able to execute and perform the duties,” Ochieng stated.Ochieng dropped Homeboyz’s Oscar Ayodi who is tied by school commitments and Western Bull’s Dennis Muhanji who replaced vice captain, Collins Injera in Las Vegas when the country’s record try scorer returned home mid-tour to welcome his second child.“It’s just a matter of players maintaining focus and minimizing errors on the day and getting better of opposition, tactically we have ensured we have trained our players how it’s important to change and execute tactics going into the second tournament.“We will do analysis in our opening match against USA but it’s who is prepared well and takes chances will advance from the group,” the coach explained.-Core status-Captain Andrew Amonde told Capital Sport, they are out to maintain core status as they seek to improve on their 12th spot and 29 points with four legs to go.“We expect nothing than the best; I believe we have what it takes to get to the next level. Kayange’s return is a big boost and a lot is expected from him, we are confident he will carry us where we could not do by ourselves.“We are going to start on a high to contain our opponents in the first half because that’s what messed us in Las Vegas where we started the game slowly,” the skipper declared.Homeboyz’s youngster Bush Mwale, who has maintained consistency since upgrading to the senior team this season, is aiming to take his performance to the highest level.“I’m proud to be in the squad; we will try our best and make our country proud. The previous legs have been tough for me but I’ve now gained my grounds. Our main focus in Hong Kong is to reach Cup quarters.”Re-elected chairman, Richard Omwela who spoke at his first official function since Monday’s polls victory said he will harmonize player’s contracts as he embraced the need of performance related deals introduced by his predecessor, Mwangi Muthee.“The senior player’s contracts were terminated while those from the lower tier were issued so there has been an inconsistency and players expectation but we had a talk with them to see how we will harmonize it because it’s very critical.“We will find out funds available and how we will restructure the contract as well as how many players should be on contract. It has to be a policy that cuts across and not favouring others,” Omwela who popularized the shorter version of the game during his previous tenure, declared.Kenya SquadAndrew Amonde – (KCB, Captain),Collins Injera (Mwamba),Dan Sikuta (Mwamba),Humphrey Kayange (Mwamba), Lavin Asego (Mwamba), Tonny Owuor (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Michael Wanjala (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Billy Odhiambo (Pan Africa Strathmore Leos), Bush Mwale (Homeboyz),Leonard Mugaisi (Homeboyz),Felix Ayange (Kenya Harlequin),Patrice Agunda (Kenya Harlequin)Non Traveling ReservesDennis Ombachi (Mwamba), Philip Wamae (KCB), Sammy Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens)ManagementFelix Ochieng (Head Coach), Vuyo Zangqa (Attack Coach), Graham Bentz (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Lameck Bogonko (Physio), Steven Sewe (Team Manager).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

All the info on Real Betis midfielder who is set for Tottenham loan move

first_img Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers FAREWELL latest The Argentina international is not the only new face set to arrive through the door at Spurs on deadline day.Mauricio Pochettino’s men are closing in on the £25m signing of Fulham Under-21 left-back Ryan Sessegnon, but a deal to bring Paulo Dybalo to White Hart Lane now appears to be off.Here at talkSPORT.com we have taken a look at all you need to know about Lo Celso. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS deals OFF Getty Getty Lo Celso scored 15 goals in all competitions for Real Betis Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Getty Images New job targets Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested 4 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 4 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Giovani Lo Celso is wanted by Tottenham this summer How much is he likely to cost Tottenham?The Argentina international will join Spurs initially on a season-long loan.However, the north London side having an obligation to buy the Argentina midfielder outright next summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £55m.Club career so far?Lo Celso began his career in his native Argentina with Rosario Central before being snapped up by Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 for around £8.5million.The 23-year-old played an important role for the side in the 2017/18 season where he racked up 48 appearances, playing alongside his idol and ex-Rosario star Angel Di Maria. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tottenham are closing in on a season-long loan deal for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.It will end a summer-long pursuit of the 23-year-old, who Spurs have the obligation to buy outright next summer. 4 Giovani Lo Celso celebrates scoring one of his many goals for Real Betis He found himself out on loan with Real Betis this season, after a chat with fellow Argentine Lionel Messi about the club and LaLiga.And Lo Celso impressed the club so much the move was made permanent for £19.8million when they exercised a clause in the agreement.The midfielder put pen to paper on a four year contract after 15 goals in 41 appearances for the club but could leave without playing another game.International experience?Lo Celso has been capped by Argentina 10 times despite holding an Italian passport.His debut came in November 2017 in a 1-0 win against Russia and he has also been named in their Copa America 2019 squad. Real Betis made Lo Celso’s move permanent in April Where would he fit in at Spurs?He was viewed as a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen, but a move away for the Denmark international has failed to materialise.Eriksen, 27, was tipped to move to both Real Madrid and Manchester United this summer. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 4 Getty Lo Celso is very gifted technically and also has an eye for goal. He loves to attack and has a fantastic range of passing, much like Eriksen.His superb close control allows him to dribble beyond opponents and makes him fairly resistant to the press, which will aid a light Spurs central midfield.Meanwhile, he’s not afraid to do the dirty work either, which might be the reason Mauricio Pochettino is so hot on him.Will the deal get done? You can follow all the latest news on talkSPORT.com’s daily transfer blog.last_img read more