Samurai’s Performance Director lauds Fred Okoth, labels him as ‘a player with ability for future’

Samurai Performance Director, Terry Sands is happy with the capability shown by some of the players who played for his team during the 2021 Safari 7s.

Samurai International were stopped by a resilient Kenya Morans 21-17 in the Cup quarterfinal and went on to finish seventh overall after seeing off KCB 33-17 in the 7th Place Finals.

“Of course we are gonna be disappointed (for not winning the main title),” Terry Sands told Scrummage.

“We’re a very good side with a lot of individuals. We had two training sessions and a captains run and it takes time to build a team”

Terry Sands was however happy with the talent displayed by the likes of Fred Okoth, a USIU Martial’s player who was part of the star-studded Samurai International team, saying he has a good capability for the future.

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“It’s not all about winning, we also focus on the development of players. We are a club that provides pathways for players.”

“We had some really good experiences in particular Andrew Omonde and Collins Injera. We selected them for a reason to give some of the youngsters’ experience. We had Fred who is kind of unknown but we believe has got a lot of ability for the future and getting him involved in our environment is an important thing. So we take alot of positives from this,” Terry Sands added.

Samurai International have been regulars in the Safari 7s and have managed to win the tournament two times, 2015 and 2018. However, Sands says it was not very easy to assemble a team especially with the news of having Safari 7s coming in late.

“It has probably been one of the most difficult tournaments for us to bring players together. We’ve got players who paid their own flights to come to Kenya”

“But as I have said, were pleased to be here and it isn’t easy to bring a team here. It has been challenging but we have done it, we’ve put a team together and we’ve made some memories and that is what rugby is all about, making memories and developing players,” he concluded.

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