Encouraged by their good performance in the Vancouver Sevens last weekend, Kenya have now set themselves a target of winning a medal in the Commonwealth Games set to take place in Gold Coast, Australia next month.
Kenya reached the Cup finals, losing to Fiji 31-12, to collect 19 points that leaves them eighth on the standings with 64 points ahead of the Hong Kong leg at the end of this month.
That is already one point more than what head coach Innocent Simiyu managed in the entire last season and as they look to reach their target of 100 points in the four remaining legs, they believe a Commonwealth medal is within their reach. “In regards to the Vancouver performance, the boys delivered and we are proud of how they played with a lot of pride.
The main thing is to get our performance target and once we consistently get it, then we stand a good chance of winning a medal at Commonwealth Games which is one of our goals,” said Simiyu as the team returned home on Tuesday.
Kenya are also eyeing one title in the remaining Hong Kong, Paris, Singapore and London legs having come too close in Vancouver in what was thrilling end to their north American tour that yielded 29 points, including 10 from Las Vegas the week before. “The outing was good, we wanted to collect maximum points but we got 19 which is still commendable.
We had a deficit of a few points heading to Las Vegas and we are happy we have taken care of that so now we reflect on how the Vancouver performance can be sustained,” said captain Oscar Ouma.
Ouma was inspirational to his side, leading them to wins against France and Spain in the group stages before downing England in the Cup quarters to set up a semi-final date with USA whom they beat to storm the finals.
Ouma and Collins Injera’s good performances also earned them slots in the Vancouver Sevens dream team alongside two Fijians. Shujaa are in the same pool with New Zealand, Canada and Zambia in the Commonwealth Games which will see rugby action take place from April 13-15.