Kenya Sevens coach Innocent Simiyu on Saturday (22/10/16) conducted first training session with a 38-man squad at the RUFEA grounds, according to the Daily Nation.
The new head popularly known as ‘Namcos’, said he still has a week to name his final squad of 20 players ahead of the 2016/2017 World Rugby Sevens Series.
“It’s the 20 players who will now be contracted by the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) for the new season,” said Simiyu.
Simiyu noted that he was impressed by the response from players in just one training session.
“I am delighted that their physical strength has shown out well and I think it’s because most of them have been training and played in the National Series and Safari Sevens,” he said.
“What we shall do now is to look at their technical capabilities and bridge the gap to World Rugby Series level,” he added.
The new head coach exuded confidence in his squad despite late preparations before the showdown in December.
“Our success will depend on what we shall do between now and the start of the Series. Good support will favour us but if we don’t get it right then our work will be difficult. It’s late but we shall try to make amends so that we don’t compromise our position,” reiterated Simiyu.
Andrew Amonde, Kenya Sevens captain said that KRU made the right decision to pick Simiyu as the man to lead the team.
“He has played for Kenya before and captained Kenya Sevens. The philosophy won’t change much even though I am sure he will bring up something new and exciting,” said Amonde.
“There is nothing to worry about, we just need to get our fitness level and get our game plan and what we want to achieve in place. It’s a long season,” he added.
Simiyu was confirmed as head coach after beating four other candidates in the final five shortlist that included immediate former assistant coach Paul Murunga, Charles Cardovillis, former Kenya Sevens coach Mitch Ocholla and Fijian Salosi Naiteqe.