Former captain returns for Kenya Sevens
Former Kenya Sevens captain Humphrey Kayange has been recalled to Mike Friday's squad for the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay SA Sevens, the third round of the HSBC Sevens World Series, which takes place on December 8-9 in Port Elizabeth.
Kayange missed out on the opening two rounds of the Series in the Gold Coast and Dubai owing to his studies at Bristol University. However, he has proven his fitness and flown to South Africa to replace the injured Sidney Ashioya, who sustained a hamstring injury in Dubai, where Kenya finished third to go joint-second in the Series.
30-year-old Kayange captained Kenya between 2008 and 2011 and joins the squad alongside Billy Odhiambo, Oscar Ayodi and Fabian Orlando, who make their debuts in the place of Collins Injera, Oscar Ouma and Biko Adema, who each have exam commitments back in Kenya.
"We can confirm that Humphrey Kayange is able to join the Kenya Sevens team for the Port Elizabeth leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series," said Friday.
"Due to the injury of Sydney Ashioya we have successfully been able to agree with Bristol University for Humphrey to be excused from studies for four days, for which we are very grateful.
"Bristol have also been very supportive in recognising the importance of Humphrey being allowed to represent his country, even though this means they will be without him for an important fixture themselves.
"Andrew Amonde, captain of the Kenya Sevens team, is extremely pleased to have Humphrey joining the team to assist the new debutants and other very inexperienced squad members. His calming experience will be an added bonus as Amonde leads his team into the PE round."
Currently second in the standings with 32 points, the Kenyans are grouped in Pool C alongside Wales, Argentina and Spain at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.