There is uncertainty in the local rugby scene over who will take charge of the national sevens teams during next weekend’s Safari Sevens and the upcoming Africa Cup tournaments after Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) advertised the head coach’s position on Tuesday.
That moved virtually rendered Benjamin Ayimba jobless and with KRU set to receive applications up to September 30, it is not clear who will handle Kenyan sides in the two tournaments that take place before that deadline.
This, even as it was revealed that Ayimba had no written contract since his ‘appointment’ last September, having just been hired by word of mouth. “I will send my application when the right time comes.
On the issue of who will be taking charge, I have no idea. I have not been contacted by KRU who had the right to advertise for the position,” said Ayimba when contacted over the issue.
The same script seemed to be replicated in the women’s setup with Kenya Lionesses now under Mwamba head coach Kevin Wambua with Laventer Ogutu as team manager, replacing Mike Shamiah and Sarah Atieno who were previously serving in those two positions respectively.
Kenya will be producing two teams—Shujaa and Morans—with the aim of defending the continental title they won in Mombasa last year while hoping to wrestle the Safari Sevens crown from Samurai International.
Meanwhile, Samurai have named a star-studded side that includes Kenyan internationals Daniel Sikuta, Patrice Agunda and Strathmore Leos Churchill Ooko for this year’s event.