Phila Olando will lead Kenya Lionesses during this year’s Africa 7s doubling up as 2020 Olympics qualifiers.
The squad includes speedster Janet Okello, halfback Grace Adhiambo, Janet Owino, Stella Wafula and Sheila Chajira among others.
Enid Auma is named as the non travelling sub.
Defending champions Kenya are top seeds for the 2019 Africa Women’s Sevens on the 12th and 13th of October in Jemmel, Tunisia. The Lionesses have been grouped with Ghana, Botswana and Senegal in Pool A .
This year’s tournament serves as the African qualifying round for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The Lionesses will be out to not only defend the title they won last year but also seek a return to the Olympics after replacing South Africa as Africa’s representatives to the 2016 games in Rio following the Lady Blitzboke’s withdrawal.
“We’ve picked a strong team. Strong character and players who have that sacrificial energy. We know the importance of winning this tournament,” said head coach Felix Oloo.
Captain Phila Olando looks forward to another Olympic games. “Our target is South Africa. We’ve played them couple of times since 2015 and this time round we’ll give everything. We must qualify.”
Kenya Lionesses Team
Cynthia Camilla, Janet Okello, Grace Adhiambo, Celestine Masinde, Diana Awino, Leah Wambui, Janet Owino, Vivian Akumu, Christabel Lindo, Stella Wafula, Sheila Chajira.
Africa Women’s Sevens Pools
Pool A: Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, Botswana
Pool B: Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia
Pool C: Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritius, Madagascar