Kenya should focus their energy on maintaining their current form to avoid relegation from the HSBC World Sevens Series instead of setting their sights on winning titles when they compete in this weekend’s Vancouver Sevens, according to their former head coach.
Benjamin Ayimba said Paul Murang’s boys turned in a better performance at the just-concluded USA Sevens in Las Vegas, where they finished 13th and, with few expectations, can play without pressure in Canada.
“Even if we don’t get into the quarter finals for now, there won’t be pressure and there shouldn’t be any, because you can’t set targets which you can’t achieve.”Ayimba said. “ At the moment what is important is to reach the quarter-finals of the Challenge trophy or win it, this will help the team avoid relegation from the HBSC World Series.” He advised.
— #Shujaa (@KenyaSevens) March 4, 2019
Kenya earned five points in Las Vegas, a performance that Ayimba said was an improvement on Sydney last month when they picked up just a single point. Kenya are behind 12th-placed France in the overall standings and are set to face Samoa, Fiji, and hosts Canada in Pool B of the Vancouver Sevens group stages.
Ayimba is optimistic of a better performance, saying the side are still improving.
Shujaa won two matches the USA Sevens, against semi finalists Argentina and Japan. Ayimba believes they can build on that form. “You never know. The boys can wake up charged and win against heavyweights and qualify for the main cup quarter finals ‘’
Ayimba insists of playmaker J Olindi is a big boost to Muranga’s charges. The teenager is the team’s top scorer with 64 points, best tackler (30) and has made 10 clean breaks and leads the team with 57 runs. With V. Onyala leading the try count with 15, Olindi is second with 10 having played in all the fist four legs.
Article written by Sundaa Machuki
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