NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu has been
reinstated unconditionally by Sports Cabinet secretary Rashid
Simiyu, the most successful of Kenyan coaches,
had been sacked by Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) last week after he
claimed full responsibility taking the blame for his players act
to block sponsorship branding off their shirts at the Paris
Sevens, the final round of the World Series on June 21.
However, following mediation talks between the Ministry of
Sports and Kenya Rugby Union and an earlier meeting with the
players, Echesa announced Monday that Simiyu will resume his
position as the country prepares to compete at the Sevens World
Cup in San Francisco, the United States, from July 20-22.
"We resolved that Innocent Simiyu to be reinstated as the
head coach of the Sevens Shujaa national team. The ministry to
work with KRU over the pending payments of players salaries and
allowances," Echesa said in a statement.
He said the decision to reinstate Simiyu was made by KRU
board under the leadership of vice chairman Thomas Opiyo and the
chief executive officer Ronald Bukusi.
Earlier the Kenya Sevens rugby team players had resolved to
resume training after meeting Echesa in Nairobi on Monday.
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