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Kenya 7s make final touches ahead of Africa 7s
By Eric Njiru | Tue 09 Oct, 2018 11:20

Kenya Sevens' squad for this weekend's Africa 7s in Tunisia held their captain's run on Tuesday at RFUEA grounds ahead of Wednesday's departure. 

Head Coach Innocent Simiyu Namcos was in attendance as he nears his exit- which will come after Africa 7s. This is after Homeboyz tactician Paul Murunga was last week named as new Kenya 7s coach. 

Also read Five newcomers as Kenya picks Africa 7s squad

12 players attended the morning run at Quins with focus being on Morocco and Botswana teams whom they play in pool matches in Tunisia on day one.

Speaking after the run, Namcos said he was optimistic of a good outing and top performances from the lads most of whom will be making their debut.

"It has (training for the past two weeks) been difficult, we had little time to prepare but the key thing is the boys are up to play physically so we are quite happy and we hope we will have a good outing." 

A number of those set to represent Kenya 7s in Tunisia were selected from the just concluded National Sevens Circuit (NSC) with this set to be their first outing. This includes the NSC Most Valuable Player and top point scorer Daniel Taabu of Mwamba and his club captain Eliakim Kichoi, Menengai Oilers fly half Derrick Kyeoga Okisai, 2015 Prescott Cup MVP Benjamin Marshall of Nondies and Nakuru RFC flyer Gramwel Bunyasi. 

"They have a lot of excitement you have to understand, it's their story, for most of them their journey has begun so it's just doing small things well, going up there, express themselves and building up from there and hopefully get some good results for the team." 

The five newcomers mix with Charles Omondi of Homeboyz and Blakblad's Brian Wahinya who have been part of the team before as well as familiar names Leonard Mugaisi, Alvin Otieno, Michael Wanjala - all of Homeboyz, Quins duo of Herman Humwa and Cyprian Kuto. 

Kenya 7s returns to Africa 7s after missing out in 2017 with Namcos saying it is important for Kenya to send a team as it helps in preparations for World Sevens Series.  

"I think it's quite good, we have more regional tournaments to help the game grow because for us as Kenya to remain in the top tier we need to be having some good formidable competitions back at home in the region, we are also happy to have this chance to expose our guys at that level." 

Kenya are seeded top at Africa 7s to play Botswana and Morocco in pool A in day one. 

"I know we technically or physically we may be a bit better than them but of course you have to give it to them they have prepared so we will leave no stones un-turned and give our best."  

"There is more pressure on Uganda as the defending champions. For us we are just happy to be there, we just want to express ourselves we have a lot of new blood coming in, we want to see how they will play how they will respond to that level and hopefully we can get the good result."

Kenya 7s squad

Eliakim Kichoi, Daniel Taabu - Mwamba

Charles Omondi, Leonard Mugaisi, Alvin Otieno, Michael Wanjala - Homeboyz

Herman Humwa, Cyprian Kuto - Kenya Harlequin

Derrick Keyoga - Menengai Oilers

Brian Wahinya - Blakblad

Benjamin Marshall - Nondies

Gramwel Bunyasi - Nakuru RFC

Management: Innocent Simiyu - Head coach, Will Webster - Assistant coach, Lamech Bogonko - Physio

Africa 7s 2018 pooling

Pool A:Kenya,Morocco, Botswana

Pool B: Uganda, Senegal, Ghana

Pool C: Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Mauritius

Pool D: Madagascar, Namibia, Zambia

Fixtures - Saturday 13 October, 2018

A             Kenya v Botswana           1.00pm

B             Uganda v Ghana               1.22pm

C             Zimbabwe v Mauritius   1.44pm

D             Madagascar v Namibia   2.06pm

                 

A             Morocco v Botswana      2.50pm

B             Senegal v Ghana              3.12pm

C             Tunisia v Mauritius          3.34pm

D             Zambia v Namibia            3.56pm

                  

A             Kenya v Morocco             4.40pm

B             Uganda v Senegal            5.02pm

C             Zimbabwe v Tunisia        5.24pm

D             Madagascar v Zambia     5.46pm

Eric Njiru
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