Thursday, January 17, 2008

Job committments knock out Simiyu

Innocent Simiyu, one of the alternate captains of the national seven-a-side rugby team will not be traveling to New Zealand and USA for the next two legs of the International Rugby Board Sevens World Series.
The player who captained the Virgin Atlantic Airways – sponsored team for eight tournaments last year has been held back by job commitments. Two other players  Wilson Kopondo and Charles Kanyi are also unavailable because of exams. Already, Lavin Asego and Victor Sudi had informed the technical bench of their unavailability.
New Zealand-based Ben Nyambu has been training and gunning for a place in the team which had 34 players during the weekend camp at Brookhouse School last Saturday.
Coach Benjamin Ayimba said the training squad will be stabilized at 28. The coach was happy to have recovered the two sessions lost because of the post election violence that rocket the country. But he is not taking chances which is why the team trained on Tuesday at the RFUEA ground instead of the scheduled Wednesday when the opposition was expected to start three days of mass rallies.
Training has been intense but the technical bench would like to keep faith with the winning combination that did duty in the first two legs. "You cannot change a winning formula unless if forced by circumstances," Ayimba affirmed.
Sprints coach Geoffrey Kimani is impressed by the way the rugby players have been responding to training. "They are impressive," he commented.
The team assembles on Friday at the RFUEA ground for a training session followed by a camp at Brookhouse School on Saturday and Sunday. It is likely that the team will be named on Tuesday. They train on Wednesday and Friday next week before departing for New Zealand on January 26.

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