(Xinhua) -- Winning the
Safaricom Sevens rugby is high on the priority list for
Kenya rugby sevens coach Benjamin Ayimba even as his
jobs hangs by the thread.
The tournament, which
is used to gauge the team’s preparedness ahead of the
new International Rugby Board (IRB) World Series, has
attracted 12 teams from Africa and will also serve as
the Africa Cup Sevens tournament. Champions Kenya have
been seeded first.
This year’s tournament will start on Sept. 23.
"I am still hungry and want to win the tournament.
"I have nothing more to prove to the rugby officials
because I have done well compared to the resources
"I hope to make the cut and retain my position as
"But what is important is to win the Africa Cup
Sevens tourney," Ayimba said in Nairobi on Tuesday.
The East African nation has advertised the Kenya
Sevens head coach job but maintained Ayimba will be in
charge of the Safaricom Sevens.
Ayimba has expressed willingness to reapply for the
position, which he took over from Paul Treu of South
Africa, who had replaced Felix Ochieng (Kenya) and Mike
Kenya are in Pool A with Nigeria and Senegal.
Zimbabwe, last year’s losing finalists are in Pool B
with Uganda and Mauritius.
Morocco headline Pool C where they are grouped with
Zambia and Madagascar. Tunisia are in Pool D alongside
Namibia and Botswana.
Since the inception of the event, it has attracted
the world-class players, giving plenty of action and
excitement to the fans while also providing the platform
for the team to test its strength and weakness in a
competitive session prior to jumping into the IRB World
Over 16 teams from different parts of the world
participate in this tournament, but this year it will be
exclusive to the African teams as it is used as the
continental Sevens cup.
The tournament has in the past attracted teams from
New Zealand, Spain, Zimbabwe, Samoa, Fiji, Australia,
Portugal, England and France.
Meanwhile, Kenya Lionesses, the women’s sevens team,
arrived home safely from Zimbabwe where they finished
second in the Rugby Africa Women Sevens tournament held
They lost in the final 22-17 to South Africa.