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Namcos returns as Kenya 7s head coach
By Eric Njiru | Tue 08 Sep, 2020 11:15

Kenya Rugby Union on Tuesday named Innocent 'Namcos' Simiyu as the new Kenya 7s head coach on a two-year-contract ahead of the 2020/21 HSBC World Sevens Series that remains uncertain. He will appoint his backroom staff. 

The announcement comes after a series of meetings to find a replacement of New Zealander Paul Feeney who left at the onset of COVID 19 pandemic. Paul Murunga, Nick Wakley and Dennis Mwanja were other shortlisted candidates. 

Namcos coached Kenya 7s for two seasons between 2016 and 2017 but was shown the door after Paris 7s fiasco. He was replaced by Paul Murunga who served for one season before the arrival of Feeney.

"The Kenya Rugby Union is excited to announce the appointment of Innocent Simiyu as the Head Coach of the Kenya 7s Team. His assignment starts on 1st October 2020," said KRU. 

"The appointment of Simiyu comes after an intensive interview process last month in which he topped a shortlist of four candidates Simiyu, Dennis Mwanja, Paul Murunga and Nick Wakley. He was unanimously selected by the panel as the best candidate to lead."

Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton and Sydney 7s legs have already been cancelled. Only six legs remain in the 2020/21 season that will conclude with Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan. 

During his time as the head coach, Kenya 7s finished 12th at the HSBC World Sevens Series with 63 points in 2017. They reached back to back finals at Vancouver and Hong Kong 7s.

In 2018, under his watch, Kenya finished eighth with a record 104 points, surpassing the century point barrier for the first time ever. 

He would, however, be sacked on 21st June 2018 four weeks to the World Cup due to Paris Fiasco that saw Kenya 7s players mask off sponsor's name. He was shown the door for taking full responsibility of the happenings in Paris but was soon to be reinstated after Government's intervention. 

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