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Innocent Simiyu Appointed New Kenya Rugby Sevens Head Coach

by Zablon Ondari
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The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has announced the appointment of Innocent Simiyu as the head coach of the Kenya Sevens team.

The former Shujaa captain returns for a second stint, two years after he was sacked.

Simiyu replaces Paul Feeny, who left the team in April owing to the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic.

His appointment comes after an intensive interview last month in which he defeated Dennis Mwanja, Paul Murunga, and Nick Wakley.

“Following a KRU board meeting on Monday, 1st September 2020, we would like to confirm Simiyu as the head coach, having attained top marks in the interview,” a statement on Kru official website read.

The panel had Thomas Odundo, the KRU acting CEO, Paul Feeney, former Kenya 7s head coach and Peter Harding, who is a World Rugby High-Performance consultant.

The Kenya 7s team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, but the HSBC World Sevens Series seems to be in doubt with the Dubai/Cape Town and New Zealand/Australia legs cancelled due to Covid-19.

Namcos, as he is fondly known, is a former Kenya International and handled the team on the Sevens World Series between 2016 and 2018.

He steered the team to 12th position with 63 points during the 2016/17 season before guiding them to the eighth position, with a record points tally of 104 points during the 2017/18 season.

List of coaches who have handled Kenya Rugby Sevens team:

2000-20005 – Bill Githinji;
2006-2011 – Benjamin Ayimba;
2011-2012 – Mitch Ocholla;
2012-2013 – Mike Friday;
2013-2014 – Paul Treu;
2014-2015 – Felix Ochieng;
2015-2016 – Benjamin Ayimba;
2016-2017 – Innocent Simiyu;
2018-2019 – Paul Murunga;
2019-2020 – Paul Feeney;
2020 – Innocent Simiyu.

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