Kenya 7s Coach Innocent Simiyu Targets South Africa, Canada Scalp

Kenya 7s Head Coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu has shared his sentiments on the draw for the opening round of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series, the Dubai Sevens, taking place on 1st and 2nd  December at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, UAE.

Kenya is pooled alongside South Africa, Canada and Uganda as Namcos believes the three teams cannot be a challenge if his team prepares well.

“It’s an exciting pool, if you look at Uganda they have players who are playing here and they are playing very well especially Philip Wokorach. It also gives us an opportunity to see them before we get there because we don’t have as much information about Uganda at that level,”

The last time Kenya 7s and Uganda 7s met was in 2016 during the Africa 7s with the latter winning 17-12. Kenya had however fielded their B team.

“The fact they are playing here gives us a chance to analyze them, see what are the threats and weakness. They are the Africa champions so it will be a very good game,” added Namcos.

“Against South Africa, it has always been a close battle between us and them, I think this year we have come to close so many times losing in the last two minutes, by a try or conversion so we just go back to drawing board”

Kenya and South Africa met in last year’s Sydney Sevens with Boks winning 14-7, while a meeting at Vancouver 7s saw the match end 15-5 in favour of the South Africans.

“For Canada, they play a conservative structured game, we will be very keen to destabilize their game and also play our game. We believe if we prepare well and our guys are match fit by Dubai I don’t think those teams will be a challenge in regards to beating them,” added Namcos.

Namcos adds skills and conditioning were the factors that led to their average performance last season but they have since addressed that.

“If you look at it it’s just a try that kept us out of quarters, so how do you now ensure you score more, the key factors that affected us was skills and conditioning but if you look at the game we played a more expansive one as compared to others or previously we created more opportunities so the key thing is how do we close those opportunities,” concluded Namcos.


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