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KRU To Summon Sevens Management After Poor Results in Hong Kong and Japan

The Kenya Rugby Union will this week hold a meeting with the Kenya Sevens Team management to seek explanation as to why the team produced a below average performance in Hong Kong and Tokyo Sevens.

Kenya appeared to be back on track after securing 18 points in Wellington and Las Vegas IRB series but their performance in Hong Kong and Japan left many rugby fans scratching their heads after picking only four points from both legs.

The team jetted back in the country this afternoon and newly elected KRU Chairman Richard Omwela says they will summon the management this week before starting preparations for the Glasgow and London IRB series.

“We will have a debrief with the team management so that we find out what happened, we don’t just start condemning the team until we get to know what problems they had, were they carrying injuries from Hong Kong?, could that have been the problem? And so on and so on” Omwela explained.

Even though Omwela says he still has faith in the management led by head coach Felix Ochieng, the City lawyer says they are not happy with the results which have seen Kenya remain in 13th place in the IRB rankings with thirty three points.

Kenya kicked off their Tokyo Sevens campaign on a high note beating United States 27-5 but their joy was cut short as they went on to lose to series finalist South Africa and Canada in their group. Omwela says this is one issue that needs to be addressed insisting everyone expected the team to play in the main cup quarters after the win against USA.

“We expected a hard game against USA but we played them very well and with that background, everyone expected us to make it to the quarters, we didn’t, what was the problem? We need to understand that, we start well in first half and fade away in the second half, again what is the problem”? He said.

Questions have been raised regarding the future of current coach Felix Ochien’g who was given the mandate to run the team until the end of the season and Omwela says no changes will be effected until the season is over.

“There are only two tournaments remaining, so if you ask me about changes i will say no, I would rather leave that team in place until the end of the season and then when we start next season, we see what changes we make, but I cannot fire them now, let them take the team until the end of last series” Omwela observed.

Kenya faces New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa in the Glasgow and with direct Olympic qualification out of picture; the national side will go back to the drawing board and plan for the Africa qualifiers to be held later this year in South Africa.

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