Photo : Billy Odhiambo makes a pass under tackling pressure by Johnston Olindi during an inhouse touch rugby affair at the RFUEA grounds early this month. | Courtesy Mediamax .
MADRID CUP IN THE OFFING…
Shujaa among three Tokyo Olympics confirmed competitors- KENYA, USA and Argentina.
The tournament is a 5-team, round-robin event completed by hosts Spain who featured in the Rio 2016 Olympics and Portugal.
Teams will play two matches each today and two more on Sunday and ranking playoffs and a cup final
SHUJAA WITH A TOUGH ENCOUNTER LINE UP PORTUGAL AND SPAIN
MADRID CUP - SHUJAA ON PROWL
“We expect the boys to perform well, execute our attack and defense system. Our first game is vs Portugal because France pulled out. Our target for the tournament is to reach the finals.” Shujaa head coach Innocent in an interview with Mediamax.
Starting lineup for game one vs Portugal revealed
1. William Ambaka
2. Vincent Onyala
3. Herman Humwa (Co-captain)
4. Johnstone Olindi
5. Tony Omondi
6. Billy Odhiambo
7. Nelson Oyoo (Co-captain)
Shujaa head coach Innocent Simiyu believes the boys are ready to shrug off the cold weather having acclimatized in under three training sessions at the Alcobendas Municipality Grounds in Madrid ahead of the first tournament of Madrid cup this weekend, ‘Namcos’ keen to achieve a good day one in office on his first duty returning as Shujaa boss in 2019 September.
Shujaa team manager Eric Ogweno believes the 15 weeks and a week in Madrid to acclimatize will pay off this weekend when Kenya meets three of the world rugby series core teams while USA is a confirmed Tokyo Olympics opponent.
“We have had three good training sessions and a captain’s run here in Madrid prior to match day one and I believe that is enough for the boys to acclimatize to the new environment. Looking forward to a good performance on day one of the tournament,” Shujaa team manager told Shujaa Pride.
Shujaa will wrap up the tournament on Sunday with two confirmed fixtures against USA and Argentina.
Madrid cup Participating teams
Kenya, Spain, USA, Argentina and Portugal
Fixtures in local times
Saturday February 20th
4.06pm Shujaa v Portugal
6.50pm Shujaa v Spain
Sunday February 21
12.22 Shujaa v USA
1.50pm Shujaa v Argentina