Kenya 7s Gear Up For New Season

National Sevens team, Kenya Shujaa are gearing up for the new season as they are in the ninth week of the pre-season ahead of the 2017/2018 HSBC World Sevens Series that starts in December with Dubai 7s.

Head coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu says things are running well with the boys looking ready for a long season.

“So far so good the pre-season is going on well; we didn’t start as expected we started four weeks late but we managed to pick up, we are nine weeks and the players started playing a bit earlier than we had expected”

Next season will also see room in the schedule to accommodate the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, which takes place between the Hong Kong and Singapore rounds.

“All in all everything is good and we are hoping we can use the same build up as we go to the series”

The national sevens circuit players have been taking part in the local sevens circuit that concludes this week in Kisumu, Dala 7s.

“There are a lot of things need to be done from the club level so it makes easier around the breakdown area. Also in regards of how teams prepare but we feel some issues can be sorted out in regards to how players are managed at the club level.”

There are 12 players who have been contracted in training with three invitational but Namcos says the plan is to have 18 players for the 2017/2018 season.

“This season we will have a squad of 18 senior players, 12 academy players who will be dealing with Moran and act as a feeder but we are still discussing the modality”

2017/2018 season will see teams head to Australia for Commonwealth Sevens while the Sevens World Cup follows immediately after Paris.

“It’s going to be a tough year, player management will be very key for us, if you look at the Commonwealth period we will be out of the Country for over a month, World Cup is after the series and guys will be tired so how you manage your players will be the biggest factor in determining your performance whether you’ll be consistent or have up and downs,” added Namcos.


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