Kenya Rugby Sevens, popularly know as Shujaa, have ended their Tokyo Olympics 2020 campaign with a 21:7 win against Japan.
Shujaas’ appearance at Tokyo Olympics 2020, made it their second at the Olympics. The national team made their debut at the Olympics in Rio 2016.
Shujaa Tokyo Olympics campaign took off to a slow start
Shujaa campaign for an Olympic gold, took off to a slow start on Monday morning, narrowly losing 19:14 to USA at the Tokyo Stadium in Japan.
Later on Monday Afternoon, Shujaa lost their Second match at Tokyo Olympics 2020 to South Africa, and on Tuesday Morning, Kenya Sevens officially ended their campaign at the Olympics, after a 12 – 7 defeat to Ireland.
Team captain Andrew Amonde shared, “For some of us this was our last tournament and we really wanted to lead the boys to the final, but I am disappointed I was not able to do that even as I bid farewell to the national team.”
He added, “I think the young players have played well at these games, and we have a very bright future especially with the other major games like the Commonwealth Games coming up,” he said.
Coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu, admitted indeed Shujaa were in a tough pool, but most of the undoing was down to Shujaas who did not utilize their chances.
“We did not do well in the restarts, and also in the scrums, and went more into contact instead of looking for space. However, we also have to accept the fact that, we just started preparation only the other day for the Olympics, while the other teams have had up to four years building up for this,” Simiyu said.
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