Benjamin Ayimba has been appointed as the Kenya 7s head coach, making his return after being laid off from the same capacity in 2011.
Ayimba has been handed a one-year contract by the Kenya Rugby Union who have also appointed former Kenya 15s scrum-half Newton Ong’alo as the new team manager. The duo will take over from Felix ‘Totti’ Ochieng and Steven Sewe, the former having been in charge on interim basis since Paul Treu’s resignation last year.
The 38-year-old is Kenya’s most celebrated local coach and guided the team to the semifinals of the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens which they lost to Argentina, having stunned defending champions Fiji in the quarters.
Ayimba and his new team will get down to work immediately and prepare the team for the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics qualifiers which will be held in November 15th and 16th in South Africa.
There’s also the not so small matter of the Safaricom Sevens which are set for October 2 to 4. Ayimba is expected to assemble a team that will ensure the Main Cup title returns home after the team missed out on last year’s title.
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