Former Kenya 15s and Kenya Sevens captain, Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu, has been appointed as the head coach of the Kenya Sevens team, replacing Benjamin Ayimba.
Simiyu’s appointment was confirmed by the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Chairman Richard Omwela on Monday, October 17 morning at the RFUEA Grounds.
Simiyu, a level 2 coach at Impala, was initially rumoured to be in line to deputize former New Zealand boss, Gordon Teitjens, only for the veteran to opt for the Samoan job.
He has been handed a two-year contract with his first task being to prepare the team for the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which kicks off at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai, December 2-3 2016.
Until his appointment, Namcos was recovering from an achilles injury he sustained during Kenya “A” clash against Hong Kong on August 23. He skippered the 15s team between 2006 and 2008 before switching to the longer version, the 15s where he also captained 2008 and 2011.
Simiyu, who beat 14 other candidates for the job including the incumbent, will be hoping to at least match the achievement of Ayimba who led Kenya to her maiden Series leg title when they won in Singapore last year.
Blakblad team manager Eric Ogweno will assume the same capacity at the senior team. Lameck Bogonko will be the team’s physiotherapist with Ian Gibbons the strength and conditioning coach.
Shujaa will begin their new campaign against France in Group D which also has Australia and Japan.
Meanwhile Mwamba RFC boss Kevin Wambua was named the Kenya Lionesses head coach, replacing Mike Shamiah who he had been deputizing.
Jimmy Mnene of Kenya Harlequins will be the team manager of the Under 19 side.
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