Ayimba to stick with the tried and tested

Sep 10, 2010

There will be very few changes in the national sevens team which will travel to New Delhi India for the Commonwealth Games, coach Benjamin Ayimba has hinted.

Ayimba said he will be looking to take an ambitious and strong side as they set out to win the title. “Am looking to take a strong team to the club games we still have about four weeks to polish our training.”

 Reacting to leaked information on the squad that was first reported by Sportsnewsarena.com, before the officially announcement Ayimba said he will be the man to announce the team publicly.

The coach said the leaked report might cause drawbacks to the team as some players might lose focus but he was aiming at finishing their training in good time before they depart for Delhi.

Giving the players a chance to play in the National Sevens Circuit has also made a huge impact to the team’s training as the technical bench has been following the performance of the players as competition has increased in the event.

According to Kenya Rugby Union Secretary General Frank Sabwa the team needs Shs 4m to prepare for the event and they are waiting for National Olympics Committee of Kenya to allocate the amount to facilitate their preparations.

Ayimba said they would love to delay their departure to the 'Club' games to condition well but the final word lies with NOCK who are organizing the team’s departures to the event.

Rugby action will take place 15 days after the competition starts. Kenya is in pool C alongside World Series champions Samoa, their traditional rivals Uganda and Papua New Guinea.

Meanwhile, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) released the reminder of their Shs 5m commitment they pledged during the 2009/2010 IRB World Series. KTB had given out Shs 2.5m in the beginning of the series and the reminder was released yesterday.

According to KTB Director of Marketing Jennifer Opondo, the partnership is important for the development of the sports as well as Kenya’s image as the board eyes to tap the emerging tourism markets.

KTB will be the training partner for the team as they look to renew the sponsorship once the new series 2010/2011 starts in December in Dubai and George South Africa.

“We want the rugby team to be our ambassadors and sell Kenya wherever they play. The trends in international tourism are growing fast and we want to move with it,” Opondo said.

Steve Omondi


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