Confusion has surrounded the position of Kenya Sevens head coach Benjamin Ayimba after the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) advertised his position yesterday, in effect ending the tenure of the tactician, who has served for one year since his return.
Ayimba is, however, eligible to apply for the position but the timing of the notice is suspect, given it is coming after fingers were pointed at the technical bench over their selection criteria ahead of the Rio Olympics, where Kenya performed dismally.
“The Board of the Union is desirous of filling the position of the head coach, Kenya Sevens National team accountable to the Board through the Chief Executive Officer and the Director of Rugby for the effective overall management of the Kenya Sevens Team,” read the advertisement from KRU.
“The appointed person will coach the team, on and off the field, to a standard of excellence, demonstrating a significant improvement over each annual period of centralisation, enhancing the reputation of the Kenya Rugby Union,” added the statement.
“The head coach will report to the National Squads Management Committee through the Director of Rugby,” the union’s advertisement read. When contacted, Ayimba read an ill motive in the advertisement but said he will re-apply for the position nonetheless.
“I have not received any formal communication from the union but the fact that my position has been advertised, it means I do not have a job,” Ayimba told our sister station K24 TV.
“I will apply for the position as they have asked and wait to see what happens as I have been working on a ‘voluntary basis’ since I have never signed a contract,” added Ayimba in reference to the purported contract that was supposed to end on September 30.
Ayimba is the most successful Sevens coach and led Kenya to their maiden World Rugby Series tournament title when they won the Singapore Sevens leg in April.