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Innocent Simiyu appointed Kenya Sevens head coach

RUGBY By Robert Abong'o | September 8th 2020
Innocent Simiyu during the naming of the Kenya Sevens squad for the Wellington and Sydney Sevens at Kenya Rugby Football Union on Wednesday, Jan 18 2017. [PHOTO: PHOTO: JONAH ONYANGO/STANDARD]

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has named Former Kenya Sevens captain Innocent "Namcos" Simiyu the new Shujaa Head Coach for the forthcoming season.

Simiyu replaces Paul Feeny, who parted ways with the team in June.

Simiyu’s appointment follows a rigorous interview process that saw the Union narrow down to four candidates namely: Innocent Simiyu, Dennis Mwanja, Paul Murunga and Nick Wakley.

While making the announcement LIVE on KRU’s Youtube channel on Tuesday, September 8, KRU Chair Oduor Gangla recognised Simiyu’s past efforts for the team, adding an independent panel of three individuals found the former Shujaa coach top of the pecking order.

“Innocent was unanimously recommended by the independent panel as the best candidate for the job,” said KRU Chair Oduor Gangla. 

“Following a KRU board meeting on Monday 1st September 2020, we would like to confirm Simiyu as the Head coach having attained top marks in the interview. The panel had Thomas Odundo, KRU acting CEO, Paul Feeney, former Kenya 7s Head Coach and Peter Harding, World Rugby High-Performance consultant,” said KRU on their website.

Simiyu took over from Benjamin Ayimba in 2016, guiding them through the World Series to 2018.

Shujaa finished 12th  with 63 points during the 2016/17 season before doing one better the next season reaching FIVE cup quarterfinals, TWO main cup finals in Canada and Hong Kong, when the team finished eighth with a record points tally of (104) during the season 2017/18.

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Simiyu represented made 121 official appearances for Kenya, scoring 321 points.

Coach Innocent Simiyu during squad naming ceremony at RFUEA Grounds, Nairobi on Nov 24, 2017. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Simiyu said: I appreciate this opportunity to serve the nation. I’m very proud and honoured to be Kenya Sevens team head coach. I know the task is quite big, I will endeavour to do my best and also ensure the players give their best for the nation.”  

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