Kenya Sevens player Frank Wanyama interacts with fans at the Cape Town Sevens in December 2016. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

NAIROBI – Two Kenyan rugby Sevens players, Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba, appeared in a Nairobi court on Monday charged with the February gang rape of a female singer.

Wanyama, 23, who captained Kenya's second Sevens team to win the Victoria Sevens tournament in Zimbabwe in March, and Olaba, 22, are both suspended from the national squad, also known as the Shujaa, currently in Singapore for the eighth leg of the IRB World Sevens series on April 28-29. Kenya, who finished eighth in the Commonwealth Games rugby Sevens earlier this month, won the Singapore Sevens in 2016.

Both players denied the charges when they appeared before Nairobi chief magistrate Francis Andayi. 

If found guilty they could face up to 15 years in prison.

Wanyama and Olaba were released on bail and ordered to appear in court for the next hearing on May 16.