Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu has been re-appointed as Kenya Rugby 7s team head coach, beating off competition from three other contestants after what was termed as an intensive interview process.
The announcement was made on September 8, 2020, in a meeting held via zoom. While making the announcement, the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) revealed that the decision to appoint Simiyu had been reached upon on September 1, 2020, after a board meeting.
“The Kenya Rugby Union is excited to announce the appointment of Innocent Simiyu as the Head Coach of the Kenya 7s Team. The appointment of Simiyu comes after an intensive interview process last month in which he topped a shortlist of four candidates Simiyu, Dennis Mwanja, Paul Murunga, and Nick Wakley.”
“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,” read the announcement.
It was further stated that a number of issues which had been witnessed in Paris in 2018 which saw the exit of Simiyu as the then head coach had been discussed and both parties had agreed on a working formula.
“Pertinent issues arising from the Paris 2018 tournament were discussed with Simiyu and both parties have agreed on a working formula” the statement read.
Simiyu previously manged the Sevens team between 2016-2018, taking charges on the Sevens World Series where he historically steered the team to 8th position with a record points tally of 104 points during the 2017/18 season.
Although the Kenya 7s team had qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, the HSBC World Sevens Series seems to be in doubt with the Dubai / Cape Town and New Zealand / Australia legs cancelled due to the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic.