Ayimba back as Kenya 7s Coach
By Richard Njeru | Fri 11 Sep, 2015 15:07

Benjamin Ayimba has been re-appointed by the Kenya Rugby Union for a second stint as the National Sevens team head Coach on a one year contract.

Ayimba, a former Impala, Nondies, Kenya 15s and 7s stalwart who was in charge between 2006 and 2011 takes over from Felix Ochieng, who was his assistant in his first tenure.

Ochieng had been in charge in the just ended season after taking over from South African Paul Treu who quit in November last year.

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Ayimba will also have a free hand in choosing his two assistants with their first assignment being to prepare the newly named provisional team that is expected to start training next week for the 2016 Rio Olympics qualifiers set for November in South Africa as well as the 2015/2016 IRB World Series.

Newton Ongalo who served as Assistant Manager in 2011 comes in as the Team Manager replacing Steve Sewe who had also applied for the post.

In his first term in charge, Ayimba became the first Kenyan coach to lead the Shujaa to the semis and finals of the IRB World Series claiming the scalp of all the big wigs - England, New Zealand, South Africa and Fiji in the 2009 Season. It was during this season that the team achieved the pinnacle of its achievements, having reached the semi-finals of the 7s World Cup.

Ayimba was relieved duties after immediate former Union Chairman, Mwangi Muthee, assumed office and since then he has been at the forefront of introducing rugby to the grassroots. He and business partner Richard Quix Nyakaka are the brains behind the introduction of tournaments such as Masaku7s, Meru 7s and Kitui 7s, amongst others.

However, the fate of South Africa assistants Vuyo Zangqa and strength and conditioning Coach Graham Bentz remains uncertain with reports saying they could be sacked although their contracts still have time to go.

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Richard Njeru
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