Why George Ooro is out of Shujaa’s Safari 7s squad

Kenya 7s George Ooro Angeyo breaks through the South Africa defense on day two of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place Stadium on 4 March, 2023 in Vancouver, Canada. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

When the final squad for the 2023 Safari 7s was announced, fast-rising forward George Oroo was conspicuously missing.

His place in the 12-man squad was taken up by experienced Herman Humwa with the other change seeing Brian Mutugi come in for Beldad Ogeta.

Where is George Ooro?

Ooro’s absence raised questions about his whereabouts. In an exclusive interview with Scrummage Africa, Ooro revealed he is sidelined due to a nose injury sustained during a training session with his club, Strathmore Leos.

Strathmore Leos George Ooro in a past action. Photo Courtesy /Strathmore Leos.

“I am out after injuring my nose during training,” Ooro stated, providing clarity on his situation.

He reassured fans that his recovery is progressing well, expressing optimism about returning to training with the national team immediately after the Safari 7s event.


Despite being sidelined, Ooro took the opportunity to send a message to his supporters, urging them to throw their full support behind the selected players representing the national teams, Shujaa and Morans.

“To my fans, I’ll be back soon, for now, let’s all rally behind the boys and offer them the much-needed support as they fly our flag over the weekend, I believe all selected are capable of bringing the victory home,” he stated.

Kenya 7s players hurdle in a past match. Photo/Screen grab

Kenya 7s (Shujaa) players hurdle in a past match. Photo/Screen grab

The Strathmore forward debuted for Kenya 7s during Hong Kong 7s under former coach Damian Mc Grath.

His impressive performance on the international stage saw coach Kevin Wambua include him in his Africa Men’s 7s provisional squad, and eventually travelling squad to Harare, Zimbabwe where Kenya secured a historic 17-12 victory over South Africa to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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