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Kenya Sevens team targets cup win at
London leg of World Sevens Series   

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s rugby coach Innocent Simiyu believes his team can fight for the cup in the London leg of the World Sevens Series this weekend, if they weed out errors and show consistency.

The last time Kenya won a cup was in Singapore in 2016 and Simiyu is keen to recapture the trophy in London before the team winds up the series in Paris and head to San Francisco for the World Cup in July.

However, the team is still waiting for their first cup win in two years and the coach knows he has the quality in his side to go for it. The Kenyan Sevens national team find themselves in Group C is with England, USA and France.

“The pressure is there for Kenya to win the ‘main cup’ again. But though it is our goal too, fans need to know that winning is as a result of everything we do at the training ground, nothing else,” Simiyu said. The team left for London on Tuesday night and the coach says with everyone in top form, Kenya will be a thorn in the flesh of their rivals.

“The players are inspired and focused. We will go for the ‘main cup’ and see how we navigate from the group stages to the finals,” he said.

Simiyu has recalled team captain Oscar Ayodi and Dennis Ombachi back to the team after they shook off their injuries.

Ombachi has been out since injuring his ankle at the season opener in Dubai while Ayodi was last in action in Cape Town in February where he sustained a knee injury.

Also making the trip is Brian Tanga who last featured in Hamilton, New Zealand. “I hope we will go one step over Hong Kong and Vancouver to win the main cup,” Simiyu said.

The coach will miss out on the services of Oscar Ouma who has been left behind because of personal commitments while Samuel Oliech misses out through injury.  Daniel Sikuta is away on compassionate leave. Kenya is currently sixth on the log with 93 points.

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