AMONDE Andrew < Back  
Sport Rugby Sevens
CGA Kenya   
Gender Men
Born 25 Dec 1983 in Kisumu, KEN
Height1.89 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Daughter Nicole [2012], son Tyler [2017]
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Media Production - East Africa School of Media Studies: Nairobi, KEN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing rugby in 2003.
Why this sport? His friend Andrew Okwaro played rugby and introduced him to the sport.
Club / Team Kenya Commercial Bank RFC: Kenya
Name of coach Dennis Mwanja [club], KEN; Innocent Simiyu [national], KEN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Kenya
General Interest
Nicknames Opede (osbke.com, 30 Jan 2014; Twitter profile, 01 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the 2016 Singapore Sevens tournament. (standardmedia.co.ke, 05 Aug 2020)
Injuries In October 2017 he underwent hernia surgery and took a rehabilitation break for three months. (citizentv.co.ke, 19 Dec 2017; capitalfm.co.ke, 18 Oct 2017)

He had surgery after breaking a bone in his right hand in January 2014. He returned to play in the Japan leg of the 2013/14 World Series in March 2014. (ghettoradio.co.ke, 14 Mar 2014; nation.co.ke, 24 Apr 2016)

In 2008 he broke his jaw and lost all of his front teeth and was hospitalised for four days. (nation.co.ke, 11 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook." (Instagram profile, 01 Jun 2016)
Awards and honours In 2019 he received a Head of State Commendation [HSC] from the president of Kenya. (nairobinews.nation.co.ke, 20 Dec 2019)

He was named 2007 Most Improved Player by Kenya Commercial Bank [KCB] club. (kcbrfc.blogspot.com, 26 Nov 2007)
Other sports He has represented Kenya in rugby union [15-a-side]. (nation.co.ke, 11 Aug 2019; shujaapride.com, 01 Jan 2019; coastweek.com, 06 Jul 2013)
Other information RETIREMENT PLANS
He plans to retire from the sport after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I won't be in this game for long and with the Tokyo Olympics being my last competitive outing, I want to fully move into strength and conditioning coaching purely in rugby. I never thought the Games would be pushed back by one year [speaking in 2020]. I am now waiting to see how things unfold as I consult my people on what to do next. People are telling me to hang around for one more year. (nation.africa, 02 Apr 2020; nation.co.ke, 24 Mar 2020; nation.co.ke, 11 Aug 2019)

COACHING
He has a World Rugby level I coaching diploma in strength and conditioning, and aspires to pursue a level II certification in 2021. "We have lacked variety in rugby, the game lacks proper strength and conditioning coaches. The needs for rugby are quite different from football, athletics and any other sport hence specialisation is vital." (nation.africa, 02 Apr 2020; nation.co.ke, 24 Mar 2020; nation.co.ke, 11 Aug 2019)