Key duo miss out as Kenya Lionesses name squad for Challenger Series

Kenya Lionesses in a past event. PHOTO/ Matchz Medi

Kenya Lionesses head coach Dennis Mwanja has named his squad that will be on duty in the Challenger Series slated for next weekend.

Freshia Oduor and Edith Nairaka are set for their Challenger debuts after making the Lionesses squad to Poland.

They come in for the Japan-based duo of  Grace Okulu and Janet Okello who have not been released for this assignment by their club, MIE Pearls. Sheila Chajira captains the team to Poland.

In the women’s category, event leaders China will compete against Thailand, Hong Kong China, and Czechia in Pool A. Argentina, currently second in the standings, joins Uganda, Paraguay, and Papua New Guinea in Pool B. Pool C comprises Belgium, Poland, Kenya, and Mexico.


The Munich tournament marks the final leg of the 2024 Challenger 7s competition, providing a pathway to the prestigious HSBC SVNS in 2025. The top four men’s and women’s teams from the Challenger series, based on cumulative points, will qualify for the high-stakes relegation play-off at the HSBC SVNS Grand Final in Madrid on May 31-June 2, 2024. These teams will compete against those ranked ninth to 12th from the HSBC SVNS 2024 for a spot in the 2025 series.

Lionesses Squad

Sheila Chajira (Captain), Judith Okumu, Christabel Lindo, Stella Wafula, Naomi Amuguni, Terry Ayesa, Sharon Auma, Sinaida Nyachio, Phoebe Akinyi, Maureen Muritu, Freshia Oduor (debut), Edith Nariaka (debut).

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