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Simiyu rates Kenya 7s 2016/17 performance

Kenya 7s head coach Innocent Simiyu is contented with his charges performance in 2016/17 World 7s Series even though he expected more from them when he took over.
The former Kenya 7s and Impala Saracens star was named as Benjamin Ayimba’s replacement ahead of the season and his side is placed 11th heading to final legs of the series.
Delay
Their was a delay in naming him as Ayimba’s replacement and the team went on to have a short time to prepare for the new season.
Simiyu believes the team has tried its best this season having had less time to prepare in preseason period.
“I expected to get more but looking at the context of our experiences starting from not having a preseason to strikes to issues that we have been trying to resolve I would say that I am quite satisfied with the performance from the players, they have given their all and perhaps we have to look on how we build on that next season.” he told KRU.
The coach plans to start off the preparation for the 2017/18 season early so that he can execute his strategies well and help players improve.
“We have to make sure we start our program in time, up skill our players in different area as they need skill upgrade and look at our plays and patterns put more clarity so that everybody is on board because we were playing catch up from the beginning.” he added.
During his first season Simiyu has handed debuts to different players and he feels most of them have been impressive.
“Being a transition year we are happy with how the players have played. Some joined the team last year for them to become first choice and play in all the tours it’s a tall order. So we are happy with how they have responded.”
Kenya will conclude its World 7s series Campaign this month and will be hoping to finish strongly.

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