NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s rugby sevens new coach Paul Murunga said
here Wednesday that he is committed to building a young team
that will secure Olympic ticket and dominate the World Rugby
Series, which starts in Dubai on Dec. 1.
However, Murunga has
ruled out beating last year’s target of 104 points, which was
attained by his predecessor Innocent Simiyu.
Despite losing to
Samurai in the Safari Sevens tournament early this month,
Murunga is optimistic his young team will weather the storm and
deliver at least 10 points in each of the two legs in Dubai and
Cape Town, South Africa.
The world series is
a 10-leg circuit with stops in Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton (New
Zealand), Sydney, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore,
London and Paris.
“What was important
for the team was to get the experience and jell together as a
solid unit. The matches against Spain, Portugal and Samurai
exposed and tested them. I believe our two teams were
competitive and it bodes well for the two opening tournaments in
Dubai and Cape Town,” said Murunga.
The coach said he
will surprise many when he names his final team that will honor
the World Series matches in Dubai.
Murunga singled out
Eden Agero and Dennis Ombachi, who were recalled to the team as
the steel on which he will tie on the silk of the young team.
Kenya faces New Zealand, Russia and Ireland in Dubai tourney.
“Eden captained the
team well and was our play maker. He led from the front and
brought in experience alongside Ombachi and you could see the
value addition to the team,” said Murunga.
Murunga says he may
consider the five players, who are with national 15s side Simbas
at the repechage World Cup qualifiers in Marseille, France for
the second round tournament in Cape Town.
“It will depend on
their fitness and if they are carrying any knocks or long term
injuries,” he added.
The five players are
Collins Injera, second on the World Rugby Sevens Series all-time
top scorers’ chart, Nelson Oyoo, Sammy Oliech, Andrew Amonde and