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
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
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.