Immediate former Kenya 7s head coach Innocent 'Namcos' Simiyu spoke for the first time on Friday June 22, 24 hours after he was released by Kenya Rugby Union (KRU).
Simiyu was let go from his role as the Kenya 7s boss, four months to the end of his two year contract, after he took full responsibility for the display that saw the playing unit blank out sponsor’s branding in Paris Sevens which negatively impacted our country and sponsor’s image.
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Simiyu took to Twitter to thank the team, his family and Rugby World for the support he received during his two-years in-charge of the Kenya 7s.
"I wish to take this opportunity to thank God for his blessings. Kenya Sevens fans all over the world, the Bakolati clan and my family for their continued support."
"The management and players of Kenya Sevens for their commitment, honesty and efforts on and off the pitch."
"It was a great honour to be your coach and wish you all the best in the World Cup. Lets keep the focus and achieve our mission."
"God bless you all!!!" he concluded.
Simiyu leaves on a high having led Kenya past the century mark for the first time ever at the end of the 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens as Kenya ended with a record 104 points. The tally was an improvement from the 63 points achieved last season in his first season in charge.
Some of his highlights were qualifying for seven cup quarterfinals games in the just ended season vis-a-vis two the previous season. It included two back-to-back finals in Vancouver and Hong Kong. At the close of the season Kenya 7s won the Fair play award for being the most exciting team.