Social media digs in after Shujaa epic Olympics fail

Japan land final blow to Kenya 7s Olympics medal hopes
Kenya 7s vice-captain, Collins Injera (right) and Biko Adema (left) try to stop a Japan attack in their final Pool C clash of the Rio 2016 Games. PHOTO/World Rugby/Getty Images

Twitter went on meltdown following the unexpected and disappointing performance from the men’s national rugby team, Shujaa at the Rio Olympics Games in Brazil.

Die hard Sevens fans took on the social micro-blogging site to express their outrage with the performance that saw Kenya 7s finish last in the competition.

It was not all vitriol since a small number sided with the vanquished side that surrendered from competition with little suggestion of the heroism their nickname is derived from.

#Kenya7s trended on Wednesday night after Japan and Spain ended their Olympics misery with 31-7 and 14-12 defeats in the final Pool C encounter and later the classification game.

Much of the criticism bordered on reports the team indulged heavily before and during the games where they lacked focus by being sucked into the party atmosphere.

“7s Coach Ayimba was always in clubs in Kilimani drinking his heart out and now see. I told him to stop drinking too much,” controversial local blogger, Robert Alai, tweeted.

Here’s a sample of some of the offering directed against Shujaa as celebrities and ordinary Kenyans took to the site to vent their frustrations.

Bernard Ndong ‏@BernardNdong When it pours #Kenya7s #KEN 4 games, 4 losses to #GBR #NZL #JPN and #ESP #Rio2016 #Olympics

 Mutwiri Mutuota ‏@MutwiriMutuota Honestly even #Spain? This is too much pain for #Kenya7s

 THIKA’S FINEST ™ ‏@WalterOzembo Embarrassing #Kenya7s

 Larry Madowo No way Jose! Watching #KEN play at the #Olympics has been too much for my poor heart #Kenya7s

 M J ‏@morejoti  @MinistryOfRugby @Olympics #japan making history.a positive read for #kenya7s

QUENIA ‏@anngakuo Someone mentioned that the matches could’ve been fixed… As much as I hate that to be the truth, it’s believable after this mess #Kenya7s

FuturePrezidente_KE ‏@HEStevieNderi  Yaani #Kenya7s mmenyoroshwa kuliko Peter Mungai …??_ Wish you all the best though team #KEN We support you..congrats ..ata mkichapwa

The reaction on Facebook was no different.

“_In rugby circles there’s always ‘us’ versus ‘them’. *us are the guys who sit on terrace #13 if games are at Kasarani, they also have marks of approval, tagging ‘boys’ complete with selfies. ‘Them’ indicates anyone out of the ‘us’ circle whose only fault could be as simple as saying, ‘Wow! What a bad performance by the ‘boys?!’ Or as simple as wondering why the ‘boys’ acclimatization programme was done at cold stone Nandi, instead of Watamu with it’s devastating humidity,” part of John Kiarie’s post read.

“I still believe this Man Nelson Oyoo would have been in Rio., the real carpenter anyone seen @moseti? Woi hapa ni matharau (this is condescending). Can we get this guy to Rio. KCB jeza tena (fill it up),” Georgie Mukuasi chipped.

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