The next Kenya Sevens Coach, worst kept secret

By eric odanga
Jul 31, 2021
  • Mike Friday quit as Kenya 7s head coach on Wednesday.(Photo:SNA File)

The identity of the next Kenya Sevens coach could be the worst kept secret ever. As we reported, Kenya Rugby Union, KRU has been speaking with a few top coaches when it became apparent the marriage between Michael Friday and union was shaky.

On Monday,Sportsnewsarena.com authoritatively learned that KRU are likely to name the next coach in the next one or two weeks. Three coaches a New Zealander, Fijian and South African had been approached.

Our informant who has close ties with South Africa Rugby Union alleged it was possible Paul Treu would be relieved off his duties as the Sevens coach.

If this happened, Kenya could pounce on him.

Why is this a possibility? It all adds up to proximity.

Look at the current setup of the Kenya 15’s management and harmonious relationship with Western Province. It is not hard to see why Treu who honed his skills as a player and coach at the Safari Sevens could be stalked by KRU. He knows the Kenyan players well and African culture which may give him a head start.

Why is this a possibility? It all adds up to proximity. Do the math. Look at the current setup of the Kenya 15’s management and harmonious relationship with Western Province.

It is not hard to see why Treu who honed his skills as a player and coach at the Safari Sevens could be stalked by KRU. He knows the Kenyan players well and African culture which may give him a head start.

Also mentioned was another South African as well as former Fijian player and coach Waisale Serevi. It is unlikely KRU can afford the services of Serevi who is running a rugby outfit in the USA.

Friday headed to USA? 

When we contacted KRU, Mwangi Muthee, the Kenya Rugby Chairman said he would release a comprehensive statement on Thursday. 

In the meantime, Friday and Chris Brown could be heading to the USA.

 Sportsnewsarena.com contacted Friday earlier this week, he declined applying for the USA job! Remember when we reported that he could be coming to coach Kenya, he also declined.

News of resignation shocked some of the Kenya 7s players..Horace Otieno from Mwamba tweeted'Noooooooo...I guess it is what it is..so sad. Speechless!'

'Sad news indeed. You will be missed,' Collins Injera posted. 'This is very sad,' remarked Willy Ambaka.

 

Below is the full press statement by Friday

With everything that has transpired over the last 7 months, it is clear to both Chris Brown and me that we cannot and will not, continue into next season. 

The interference from certain individuals have made it impossible for Chris and I to run a professional performance programme. Our view is that they have continually sabotaged and compromised our strategy and planning; this has not been in the best interest of Kenya 7’s Rugby.

With that in mind, the status quo that nothing has changed or is looking as though it may change in the future in terms of transparency and organisation, we are giving KRU notice that we have exercised our break in contract on the 31st July, so that KRU can make necessary plans for next season.

It is a matter of regret and disappointment that we have felt it necessary to take this decision.

Despite numerous requests, the lack of transparency over last year’s budget is a matter we have found impossible to manage.

This trend has continued for the start of the season and consequently it is impossible for us to plan properly with certainty and run a performance programme and respect gained from last season.

The Kenya 7’s squad have been a credit to their country and have coped remarkably well given all the many distractions and disruptions they have had to deal with along the way. They are a fantastic group of players and it has been a privilege for both Chris and me to have work with them all.

The players are precious assets that deserve and need to be given professional support and direction by Kenyan Rugby in order to maximise their potential.

We truly hope the KRU does that and we wish them well on their journey and Chairman Mwangi Muthee is certainly the individual to lead the Kenya Rugby evolution.

Preparation for the 2013/14 IRB World Sevens Series must be an absolute priority now and we wish Kenya the best of luck on that journey.