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What is happening to Kenya 7s?
By Raga House | Wed 03 Jul, 2019 18:18

A recent report by Kenya's Daily Nation indicated that Kenya 7s is haunting for a new Coach, six months into current management's tenure. 

This comes a time the Kenya 7s is not yet done with this season's assignment as they are set to head to South Africa for Tokyo 2020 Olympic 7s qualifications in November.

On Tuesday June 11, 2019, Daily Nation reported that a source at the Kenya Rugby Union(KRU) disclosed that former Kenya Sevens coach Innocent “Namcos” Simiyu and the team's former strength and conditioning coach Chris Brown are some of the tacticians touted as possible replacement.

Raga House sources now say that the current management is set to be shown the door soon. This will be after KRU signs of a multi-million sponsorship deal set to run for the next two seasons. 

The deal, reported to be around Ksh180 million, comes with 'conditions' that Kenya 7s must have a new management; and a specific coach for that matter. The current Kenya 7s management took office on December 1 beginning with Dubai 7s. 

A major sponsorship announcement is expected this month.

Also lined up is the current Samurai International touring side coach Nick Wakley and Canada Sevens coach Liam Middleton, who also handled Zimbabwe Sevens team, Cheetahs according to Daily Nation. 

The new coach will be tasked with qualifying for the Olympics while at the same time KRU may attract legal action from the outgoing team who were handed a two year contract before the 2018/19 season. In 2017, KRU was ordered to pay former Kenya Sevens deputy coach Vuyolwetu Zangqa and strength and conditioning trainer Graham Bentz Sh 11.11m for wrongful dismissal.

Kenya 7s was set to resume training on Monday July 1 but Raga House understands that didn't happen.

The players are said to be demanding up to Ksh116,000 worth of bonuses. That is Ksh50,000 for reaching cup quarters at Paris 7s, Ksh50,000 for surviving relegation from World Sevens Series, Ksh 10,000 for beating Canada at Singapore 7s and Ksh 6,000 for playing at the Safari 7s in 2018.

The players are also concerned about their future as current contracts end on July 31 while the local sevens circuit kicks-off on July 20. 

A number of senior players failed to reach contractual agreement with KRU last season leading to young and inexpereinced players being called to the team. Up to 14 rookies were introduced in 2018/19 season. 

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