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Brian Tanga and Dennis Ombachi return to the Shujaa squad while 23 year Resolution Impala Saracens winger Derrick Mayar is in line for his debut as Head Coach Innocent Simiyu named his 13 man squad for next weekend's Hong Kong Sevens.

Tanga returns for the first time since the Sydney Sevens while Ombachi makes his first appearance of the season.

The trio come in for Billy Odhiambo (hamstring), Oscar Ayodi (knee) and Leonard Mugaisi who has been rested for this tour.

Head Coach Innocent Simiyu, while announcing the team on Friday afternoon, said, “ Derrick Mayar has excelled well in training and we have given him a maiden call up while Ombachi, who returns to the squad for his first appearance of the year gives us a different dynamic to the team, he is a strong running back.”

Shujaa have been grouped in Pool B with South Africa, Canada and France. The team departs for Hong Kong on Monday morning.

The Squad

Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Willy Ambaka, Eden Agero, Frank Wanyama (SportPesa Quins), Derrick Mayar ,Samuel Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens), Dennis Ombachi (Nondescripts), Brian Tanga, Daniel Sikuta (Kabras Sugar), Bush Mwale (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Augustine Lugonzo (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Collins Injera (Mwamba), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru)

Management: Innocent Simiyu (Head Coach), Samuel Njogu (S&C), Will Webster (Performance Analyst), Erick Ogweno (Team Manager) - KRU

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Mean Machine’s 40 year stint in the Kenya Cup came to an end after Saturday’s 12-21 loss away to Top Fry Nakuru, condemning arguably Kenya's most recognizable club to the second tier.

Playing out of the University of Nairobi’s main campus, Mean Machine made their Kenya Cup debut in 1977, upsetting the top order by clinching that season’s title.

They would continue to straddle the Kenyan club rugby scene like a colossus, producing great rugby talent like Absaloms Mutere, Chief Edebe, Cliff Mukulu, Allan “Steele Pulse” Gohole, Joni Nderitu, Arigi Obiero, Tony “Tonyango” Onyango et al.

They set the S.I unit for rugby fans countrywide, as well as creating an intimidating atmosphere at that cauldron adjacent to the UoN Graduation Square.

It was never easy playing Machine back then.

Back to back Eddie Rombo inspired Kenya Cup titles in 1989 and 1990, and that running rivalry with Nondescripts etched Machine’s name in popular Kenyan rugby folklore.

The team would get, and still gets top of mind brand recognition. It was NEARLY every young man’s dream to play for this side. (NEARLY in caps because not all harbored the same ambition).

Unfortunately, with the constant evolution of the game, both locally and internationally, as well as a constant player exodus which started in the mid 90s, Machine would suffer and suffer they did, despite flash in the pan performances on the odd occasion in the intervening years.

But doomsday was always dawning for Machine and it has eventually come to pass.

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