(Xinhua) -- There will be room for Kenya to rest on
its laurels as it prepares for a battle against top teams at the
Wellington Sevens, the third round of the Sevens World Series
set for Jan 28-29 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Head coach Innocent Simiyu is a man
under the spotlight after average performance in the first two
legs in Cape Town (South Africa) and Dubai last year. His team
is already in camp training for what will be their first major
task in 2017.
In Wellington, Kenya will face a hard
task as it has been drawn in Pool A alongside Cape Town Sevens
winner England, Argentina and Papua New Guinea.
Shujaa will start their campaign with
a clash against Argentina before taking Papua New Guinea and
wind up their preliminary round matches against England.
On Paper, Papua New Guinea is the only
average side and Simiyu must seek the chink in England and
Argentina defense to exploit.
“At this stage of competition, there
are no easy teams. We cannot decide which teams to play and
what we have to do is prepare well and see how far it will
take us,” said the coach.
Kenya team currently sits 10th
overall with 17 points after the opening two rounds in Dubai and
In Cape Town, Kenya finished sixth
collecting 12 points after it lost to Olympic champion Fiji
33-21 in the fifth place play-off.
Kenya Sevens scaled one place to 10th
with a total of 17 points in the World Sevens Series standings.
Kenya had reached the Challenge Trophy semi-finals in the
opening leg of the Series in Dubai where it picked five points.
Simiyu has done a lot of work
especially at the breakdowns, defense and kick-offs in his team
formation since he was named coach in October.
But a conflict of interest by some
elite players and management has seen some potential talents
dropped from the team. Prior to their departure to Dubai, Kenya
team players went on strike over unpaid allowances.