NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s hopes of landing former New Zealand
Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens may not materialize after he ruled
out coming to Nairobi for talks on Saturday.
Richard Omwela, the
Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Chairman had hinted of landing high
priced coach coming Saturday, but media reports from Auckland
have quashed any hopes the 60-year-old will be taking the flight
to Nairobi to put pen to paper on Saturday as had been agreed.
“He is our priority.
We made contacts with him (Tietjens) and he said he is
available. We would be glad to have him. But he also said he is
not ready for full time job in his retirement,” Omwela said
Wednesday in Nairobi.
Benjamin Ayimba, who
has had two stints as head coach of the Kenya Sevens team and
also captained the side during his playing days, will take
charge when they play in the Africa Cup in Nairobi next week.
But he too has put
in his papers hoping to retain the job he took over a year ago
from South African Paul Treu.
Tietjens, who led
the All Blacks at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, said he had talks
with KRU, but there was no definite agreement, which made him
rule out coming in the country to sign a contract soon.
There are several
coaches, who are keen to take up the challenge of guiding Kenya
ahead of the World Series starting in October.
Tietjens ended his
22-year reign at the helm of New Zealand after the failed Rio
Olympics campaign. Omwela said even though they are yet to get
into details with Tietjens.
Tietjens will be
Kenya’s third foreign coach in the last four years after Mike
Friday (England), who handled the team for the 2012 and 2013
season and South African Paul Treu, who was in charge in the
2013 and 2014 seasons.
Former Fiji coach
Ben Ryan is also a possible candidate. Ryan led Fiji to gold
medal at the Rio Olympic Games.
Kenya advertised the
new job for a head coach to take over from Benjamin Ayimba two
weeks ago. Ayimba will be in charge of the Kenya team during the
Kenya are in Pool A
with Nigeria and Senegal. Zimbabwe, last year’s losing
finalists, are in Pool B with Uganda and Mauritius. Morocco
headline Pool C where they are grouped with Zambia and
Madagascar. Tunisia are in Pool D alongside Namibia and