Mu­runga tipped?

Kenyan, Simiyu and Fiji’s Naiteqe make fi­nal short­list of Sevens coaches

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

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.

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