Kenya rugby: I have moved on – Innocent “Namcos” Simiyu

Kenya Rugby Union is seeking with immediate effect to replace Shujaa tactician, Innocent Simiyu, whose contract expires on 17th October, 2018 and has shown no intentions of renewing.

“I haven’t really thought about it but I have moved on. I will not apply for the job. I believe they have made the right decision. There are many good coaches locally and internationally who can help the team achieve their targets,” Namcos was quoted to say.

Innocent Simiyu in 2016 Photo : Kenya Rugby union

Namcos insists he is parting with KRU on mutual consent without harboring any hard feelings. It is worthy to note that he was fired and re-hired in the space of four days in June this year after he reportedly led a players’ revolt in Paris. It was under Simiyu’s tutelage that the Kenya Sevens earned their highest ever total points tally, garnering 104 points this year, a clear upgrade from 63 last year.

“The process has just started. Application process closes end of day on Friday after which we will now embark on short-listing and then interviews before we get to top three candidates who will then be presented to the board for the final decision,” said KRU secretary Oduor Gangla.

“We are going to have a full program rolled out I think the coach will be ready by the end of the month. Contracting and all those other things will be ready. Work is still ongoing, we are already in the selection process we had selectors attend all the four tournaments and Simiyu is also still working.”

At the end of Simiyu’s contarct, Kenya will be looking into attending two tournaments in the following month (November) including the Africa 7s. Innocent is a former 7s and 15s player for Kenya.

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LAS VEGAS – FEBRUARY 14: Innocent Simiyu #5 of Kenya tries to get away from Ben Souness #8 of New Zealand during the IRB Sevens World Series at Sam Boyd Stadium February 14, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. New Zealand won the semifinal match 21-7. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Gangla, however, assured the media that a team would most certainly be in place by the end of the National 7s circuit which culminates in Nairobi (Christie 7s) on 15th-16th September, 2018 hosted by Kenya Harlequins.