Pic: Kenya sevens Head Coach Benjamin Ayimba.
The Kenya sevens team was in training camp last week up at Nandi Hills. Coach Benjamin Ayimba believes it was a good experience and they are now confident that they can face their opponents without any fear.
The squad naming was done on Tuesday November 10th, 2015 and it was notable some big names missed in the final Olympics qualifiers list.
This year’s overall National sevens series circuit champions, Top Fry Nakuru had none of their players was included in the final squad heading to South Africa for the Olympics qualifiers.
Oscar Achieng Ouma
Former Top Fry Nakuru and JKUAT Cougars prop, Oscar Ouma also did not make the cut. “He wasn’t available at training so we couldn’t pick him because he didn’t train,” Benjamin Ayimba explained.
Humphrey Emonyi Kayange
Known to many as “Tall”, Kayange’s named was also missing in the squad list because of fitness.
“Kayange is definitely training because he joined us a little late, his leadership has been very important for us in the camp and he has been that pillar that we require, the pillar of between the older and the younger ones and he has been inspiring the next leaders in the team as well, he has been a good mentor so for now he is not fit enough and we are very realistic about what he wants to achieve as a player for his season so we are not going to rush him into that. For now he will play the role of being the mentor as opposed to getting in the field and pushing his body beyond the limits.” Benjamin Ayimba said.
Ken Isaiah Moseti
Ken Moseti is one of the most talented half backs we have in the country. He featured for the national sevens side some few years ago and there was no better time for him to make a comeback other than this time. It is unfortunate that Kenya 7s will not have his services mainly because he failed to renew his passport in time.
Kenya sevens being the team to beat in the qualifiers, Ayimba expects every team to come hard on them. He affirmed that the team is ready and Kenya sevens qualifying to the Olympics, will act as an incentive to them
“Zimbabwe has been in South Africa for I think ever since they left here from Safari sevens. Namibia has hired some coaches as well and I think they have strengthened their squad a little more, we are well prepared and that’s why am confident. The boys have been exemplary in this and we all know the difficulties that we are going through as the union and to have a team that is dedicated to training is at most the best you can ask for as a technical bench and the union as well,” Benjamin Concluded.
The squad leaves the country on Thursday and we wish them all the best.