Mo­rans tipped

Kenya up against Nige­ria and Sene­gal in Africa Cup Sevens tour­ney

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY WIL­LIAM NJU­GUNA @mbote­s­ports

Champions Kenya have been drawn in Pool “A” along­side Nige­ria and Sene­gal for the Africa Cup Sevens tour­na­ment this Fri­day at the Kasarani Sta­dium.

Zim­babwe, last year’s los­ing fi­nal­ists are in Pool “B” with Uganda and Mau­ri­tius while Morocco head­line Pool “C” where they are grouped along­side Zam­bia and Mada­gas­car. Tu­nisia are in Pool “D” to­gether Namibia and Botswana.

Kenya will field the Mo­ran side for the two-day championship with Shu­jaa ex­pected to play at the Sa­fari Sevens this week­end.

The hosts will open their cam­paign against Nige­ria be­fore com­plet­ing their pool games against Sene­gal.

Last year’s run­ners-up Zim­babwe start their cam­paign against Uganda and face Mau­ri­tius next. The fi­nals are slated for Satur­day and the two Kenyan teams will be named to­mor­row.

Else­where, the union has ad­ver­tised all man­age­rial po­si­tions at the Kenya Lionesses team. Head coach, as­sis­tant coach, team man­ager, strength and con­di­tion­ing and team phys­io­ther­a­pist are all up for grabs.

A state­ment re­leased by KRU as re­gards the po­si­tions stated: “The Board of the Union is de­sirous of fill­ing the po­si­tion of the head coach, Kenya women’s sevens na­tional team, ac­count­able to the Board through the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer and the Di­rec­tor of Rugby for the ef­fec­tive over­all man­age­ment of the Kenya women’s Sevens Team.”

KRU is look­ing for a coach with a min­i­mum of three years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a head coach in a Divi­sion One club or elite squad, rel­e­vant world rugby qual­i­fi­ca­tions in coach­ing and demon­stra­tion of high eth­i­cal stan­dards and in­tegrity in his/her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional deal­ings.

KCB strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Mike Shamiah has been the Lionesses head coach but was dropped after Rio Olympics with his as­sis­tant Kevin Wam­bua tak­ing charge dur­ing the Africa Cup Sevens in Zim­babwe, where they fin­ished sec­ond.

Spec­u­la­tion is rife that play­ers paid for their po­si­tions on the team to Rio Olympics and camps emerged in the team with cer­tain play­ers be­ing side­lined.

The Kenya Lionesses fin­ished 11th out of 12 at the Rio Games with a soli­tary 22-10 win against Colom­bia. They lost 54-0 to New Zealand, 40-7 to France and 19-10 to France and 24-0 to Ja­pan in the bowl quar­ter­fi­nals.

The team re­turned from South Africa yes­ter­day where they fin­ished sec­ond in the Africa Cup Sevens tour­na­ment, after suc­cumb­ing to South Africa 22-17 in the fi­nal in Harare.

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Shu­jaa’s Frank Wanyama scores a try against Stephen Bor­to­lussi of Italy dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Sa­fari Sevens tour­na­ment

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