NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s hopes of landing former
New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens may not materialize
after he ruled out coming to Nairobi for talks on Saturday.
Richard Omwela, the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Chairman had hinted
of landing high priced coach coming Saturday, but media reports
from Auckland have quashed any hopes the 60-year-old will be
taking the flight to Nairobi to put pen to paper on Saturday as
had been agreed.
"He is our priority. We made contacts with him (Tietjens) and
he said he is available.
"We would be glad to have him. But he also said he is not
ready for full time job in his retirement," Omwela said
Wednesday in Nairobi.
Benjamin Ayimba, who has had two stints as head coach of the
Kenya Sevens team and also captained the side during his playing
days, will take charge when they play in the Africa Cup in
Nairobi next week.
But he too has put in his papers hoping to retain the job he
took over a year ago from South African Paul Treu.
Tietjens, who led the All Blacks at the Rio 2016 Olympic
Games, said he had talks with KRU, but there was no definite
agreement, which made him rule out coming in the country to sign
a contract soon.
There are several coaches, who are keen to take up the
challenge of guiding Kenya ahead of the World Series starting in
Tietjens ended his 22-year reign at the helm of New Zealand
after the failed Rio Olympics campaign. Omwela said even though
they are yet to get into details with Tietjens.
Tietjens will be Kenya’s third foreign coach in the last four
years after Mike Friday (England), who handled the team for the
2012 and 2013 season and South African Paul Treu, who was in
charge in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Former Fiji coach Ben Ryan is also a possible candidate.
Ryan led Fiji to gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games.
Kenya advertised the new job for a head coach to take over
from Benjamin Ayimba two weeks ago. Ayimba will be in charge of
the Kenya team during the Safaricom Sevens.
Kenya are in Pool A with Nigeria and Senegal. Zimbabwe, last
year’s losing finalists, are in Pool B with Uganda and
Morocco headline Pool C where they are grouped with Zambia
Tunisia are in Pool D alongside Namibia and Botswana.