Skipper Amonde says Simiyu is the right man for Kenya 7s


Skipper Amonde says Simiyu is the right man for Kenya 7s
(FILE)Kenya Sevens Rugby Captain Andrew Amonde lifts the HSBC trophy as Vice Captain Collins Injera flies the Kenyan flag high.

National rugby sevens team Shujaa captain Andrew Amonde believes that Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu is the right man to lead the team following his stunning appointment on Monday by Kenya Rugby Union (KRU).

Having played with the 33 year-old Impala centre for more than four years in his captaincy for the team, Amonde hailed his former teammate as the man to craft the next chapter of its development after the exit of Benjamin Ayimba.

“He is a good coach because he has been in the system since the team started and therefore, he understands what the team requires and I know he has new ideas to help the team,” the KCB RFC player added.

Simiyu took over the team from his mentor Ayimba who was his coach at the national level.

Speaking to Citizen Digital Amonde underscored the biggest task for Namcos was not to fill Ayimba’s big shoes or to pick from where he left but to build a squad that will play based on his system.

“Nothing much has changed expect the new coach because the players are the same but the biggest challenge is to train the way he wants since he has new ideas to bring to the team,” the skipper who expects to meet his new boss next week emphasised.

Retired Allan Makaka who played with Simiyu at Mwamba RFC for some years said the new Shujaa boss was a diligent person who understands rugby.

He added that the new coach has been through the local rugby structure and understands what the players require at this level.

“What’s important is the connection with the players since that’s what helped Ayimba to succeed given that he was once a player. To relate with the players was easy and the players on the other side will always believe somebody who has passed through the rugby system,” Makaka offered.

“Even if a coach comes from Jupiter or Shamakhokho, what determines is the relationship between him and the players,” he added.

Simiyu has the immediate task of preparing Shujaa for the 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series opener in Dubai withing six weeks after he was selected from 14 applicants, including Ayimba after the now Samoa coach and ex-All Blacks boss, Gordon Tietjens turned down the job.

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