KRU appoints Innocent Simiyu as Kenya Sevens head coach

Innocent Simiyu the new Kenya Sevens head coach

The Kenya Rugby Union has appointed Impala Saracens’ Innocent Simiyu as the Kenya Sevens head coach.

The union on Monday unveiled the management teams for its men’s and women’s sevens squads.The announcement was to be done last week on Thursday but the Kenya Rugby Union postponed the announcements.

33-year-old Simiyu,widely referred to by his nickname “Namcos” who returned to competitive rugby with his club side Impala Saracens after a career threatening injury and went on to feature in three of the Kenya Simbas test matches in 2016.He played 121 matches on the sevens world series, scoring 58 tries and 15 conversions during a Kenya Sevens playing career from 2002 to 2010.

He replaces Benjamin Ayimba while Ogweno takes over the position previously held by Newton Ong’alo. Ian Gibbons will be the new Strength and Conditioning Coach while Lameck Bogonko retains his slot as Team Physiotherapist.

At the same time,Kevin Wambua has been appointed as the Kenya Lionesses head coach. He takes over the role of head coach from Michael Shamia who landed the job mid last year until 2016 August.

Other changes see former Kenya Lionesses, Camilyne Oyoayo taking over the team manager’s role from Sarah Ogola Otieno.

Ben Mahinda remains as the team’s Physiotherapist while Samuel Njogu will be the Strength and Conditioning coach.