Kenyan, Simiyu and Fiji’s Naiteqe make final shortlist of Sevens coaches
Paul Murunga is the front runner for the Kenya Sevens head coach position after extensive interviews conducted last week.
The interviews were conducted from Wednesday to Friday with applicants interviewed on various positions including physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches.
Murunga, who served under Benjamin Ayimba in the 2015-16 season, has made the final list of five alongside former national team coaches Mitch Ocholla (Strathmore) Charles Cadovillis (Quins), former Kenya Sevens captain Inncocent Simiyu and Fijian Salosi Naiteqe. Ayimba’s name is conspicuously missing from the final list.
Murunga may have the inside track, owing to his experience of having been part of the Kenya technical bench which won the Singapore leg and has had a stint with the Kenya under-19s Sevens team, which also took part inn the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. Murunga has also coached various under 19s squads in the recent past.
Former Canadian Sevens Englishman coach Liam Middleton, who was a front runner for the job, is also missing out on the list alongside Australia’s Andrew Curtain, Chris Neil of New Zealand and Will Webster of South Africa. The position of women’s head coach has attracted former coach Mike Shammiah, Kevin Wambua and Mary Achieng.
For the position of team manager, incumbent Newton Ongalo makes the final cut alongside Fahad Adil of Leos, Eric Ogweno, Jimmi Mnene (Quins) and Raymond Oruo.
The interview panel included Kenya Cup Club caucus boss Roy Olendo, director of rugby, Thomas Odundo, KRU vice chairman Thomas Opiyo, board member Paula Lanco and Nationwide representative, Walter Orangi. The KRU board meets today to assess the coaching appointments.