Kenya kicks off its campaign to defend Africa Sevens title at the Moi Kasarani Stadium today with worrying manageable injuries as well as medium fatigue levels threatening head coach Paul Murunga’s second chase since appointment.
Murunga will take charge of the team that features in the continental cup contention while Benjamin Ayimba takes charge of the Shujaa side to feature in the Safari Sevens tournament that kicks off tomorrow at the same venue.
Following the national sevens series, the squad picked several injuries as well as fatigue from playing six rounds of the series and have only trained twice as a team and this just like Ayimba, gives Murunga no option but to set no targets but let the boys’ individual skills and brilliance overcome their opponents.
“We have only had two training sessions and some players face manageable injuries as well as an amount of fatigue levels. There is nothing much we could do with just two days of training other than to make sure the selected players will be able to apply their own individual brilliance and blend them to take the team forward,” said Murunga.
Murunga however sees no threat in his pool seeded alongside Nigeria and Senegal whom according to him, play unskilled rugby though at an almost an equal level in terms of athleticism and form.
“From my past experiences with Senegal and Nigeria and also how they played last year’s edition, our skill levels will be key to us. We will use speed and move the ball fast and create gaps and with the talents we have, we can defend our title,” he added.
Kenya’s campaign will kick off against Nigeria and close against Senegal as the last match of the day as well. Winning both matches automatically slots Murunga’s boys in the cup semis that will kick off tomorrow respectively.