• Kimani Resigns as Sevens Team Trainer

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  • Former Sevens Speed Team trainer Geoffrey Kimani.(Photo:File)Former Sevens Speed Team trainer Geoffrey Kimani.(Photo:File)
Apr 21, 2012-

Internal wrangling in the Kenya national seven-a-side team management has seen Geoffrey Kimani resign as the fitness trainer.

Kimani resigned on Monday from what sportsnewsarena.com understood were irreconcilable differences. Efforts to get a comment from the Kenya Rugby Union and Kimani hit a brick wall.The KRU said they were not aware of the trainer’s resignation while Kimani was unreachable.

This is the second time that Kimani has parted ways with the national seven-a-side team. For quite sometime now, there has been a silent row between the team’s management which came to a head at the last two legs in Hong Kong and Japan where the two coaches and team manager understandably differed on the combinations to be fielded for the matches. Sportsnewsarena.com learned that there was no harmony whenever a team was named.

A former KRU director who was in Dubai told sportsnewsarena.com he sensed all was not well and efforts to get word from the team’s camp in Japan were unsuccessful.

When you speak to the players, they admit there is a problem and they speak off the record about the sad state within the team.

A revolutionary measure to keep track of the players’ activities by way of a daily diary was withdrawn after the Dubai tournament. Then, the team’s management claimed that players were not having enough rest but playing video games until the wee hours of the morning.

In Australia, the team captain Sidney Ashioya was benched in a pool match against Niue which Kenya embarrassingly nearly lost. Sportsnewsarena.com learned that this was because he ‘dared’ speak for the players.

As the team continues with internal wrangles, the International Rugby Board has voiced their concerns about the happenings.

During the circuit, a highly placed IRB official has been meeting with the KRU officials and sportsnewsarena.com has learned that a damning report has reached KRU expressing the sentiments of the IRB. After the opening three legs, Kenya was put on alert that they would be dropped as a core team if the performance did not improve. This was after an experimental team of young players were picked up and performed disastrously.

This has not been a good season for a team which used to beat New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa, Wales and England - some of the top teams in the IRB Sevens circuit.Kenya has struggled to win Bowl and Shield, the two lowest categories of the competition.

The resignation of Kimani is just a tip of the iceberg of a fast-fading Kenya team which used to be a world beater.

More shocks awaits the ardent fans when the team for Scotland and England legs are named next week

 

Eric Odanga

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    W
    D
    L
    FOR
    AG
    DIFF
    BONUS
    PTS
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