. . Johnstone Olindi tipped to go far by former coach Simon Jawichre. Photo credit - World Rugby
Olindi highly tipped
By Patrick Korir | Thu 21 Feb, 2019 17:34

Three months into the 10-part 2018/19 HSBC Sevens Series season, youngster Johnstone Olindi tops most of the leader boards for Kenya 7s.

Four legs in, after Dubai 7s where he made his debut, Cape Town, Hamilton and Sydney 7s, Olindi is Kenya 7s top scorer with 64 points and has ten tries, one short of KCB's Vincent Onyala.

Besides, the Prescott Cup winner in 2016 is the best tackler (30), has the most clean breaks (10 - tied with Leonard Mugaisi), and has made the most runs (57).

His former youth coach Simon Jawichre now highly tips the lad for greater things should he keep on receiving calls to the Shujaa squad.

"He is a boy of skills. He may not have the size at the moment - he may not grow to be that big - but he has the great instincts," started Jawichre who has known Olindi since his Primary days in 2010

"Given that he has played both 15s and 7s whenever I have used him I know takes a while - two to three weeks to transit. But once he gets the gist of 15s he is on. Once he transits back to 7s it takes him 2-3 weeks and he is on,"

"Olindi will always give you his all. My take now is, the longer he stays in the team the more quality he will become. He can only get better. In two years’ time he will cement his place in the team."

"While at Upper Hill we kept working together and he was always in a play making situation and that's why am saying, barring any eventualities like injuries, he will go far. The sky is the limit for him."

Olindi is the most used Kenya 7s player this season having featured in 22 games across the four tournaments, two more than Daniel Taabu whom he debuted with at Dubai 7s.

Olindi was on Wednesday named by head coach Paul Murunga for the fifth and sixth legs of the HSBC Sevens Series in Las Vegas and Vancouver and is expected to further improve on his overall statistics as the tournaments take off in the first two weekends of March.

Patrick Korir
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