KCB RFC hoping young stars step up at Driftwood 7s


KCB RFC players acknowledge their fans support during their Kenya Cup match against Blak Blad ...
KCB RFC players acknowledge their fans support during their Kenya Cup match against Blak Blad RFC at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, Nairobi on February 04, 2017. KCB RFC won 47-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

KCB RFC are banking on the youthful squad they had in South Africa to play a key role in their weekend opening round of the National Sevens Circuit, the Driftwood Sevens, in Mombasa.

The Bankers, holders of the Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup, are in Pool C alongside Resolution Impala Saracens, Mean Machine and hosts Mombasa.

KCB will be looking to launch their campaign on a winning note as they bid to reclaim the overall circuit title they last won in 2013 and the year before.

“South Africa tour was an opportunity to fine tune our players’ skills especially the youth. They benefitted a lot from intensive training especially mental, tactical and fitness aspects of the game,” Shamia said.

Shamia together with assistant coach David Mwenje will lead the team in Mombasa according to Head Hoach Curtis Olago.

Having attended a one-week coach to coach training in South Africa, Olago believes that the training will help his team improve its skills.

“The little things that people are not still doing in the local league are the things we went to pick up in south Africa and that’s why we want to have a eight weeks of pre-season conditioning and training so as to raise our skills,”  Olago said.

“We have new players joining us in our squad, we are happy we welcome them it’s good to start with them. We’re happy that former Kenya 15s captain Brian Nyakuli, Macryan Shikuku (from Kenya Harlequins) are joining us,” he added.

National Sevens Circuit defending champions Menengai Cream Homeboyz are in pool A alongside 2015 circuit champions Top Fry Nakuru, Blak Blad and guest team Western Bulls.

Quins will launch their Driftwoods title defense out of Pool B where they’ve been grouped with four time circuit champions Mwamba, Menengai Oilers and another guest side, Resolution Kisii.

The Strathmore Leos, Kabras Sugar, Nondescripts and last year’s overall second division winners KCA.

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