By John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya will
implement a raft of changes in its Sevens national team squad
after its shock performance at the World Cup, officials said on
Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Chairman Richard Omwela
said the team failed to play to its potential, coming into the
competition just days after the re-instatement of its head coach
Innocent Simiyu, who claimed full responsibility for
After cruising past Tonga in their opener in San Francisco
(USA), Kenya dropped their guard leading Scotland 26-0 at half
time to lose 32-26 to forfeit their only hopes to contest for
the World Cup.
Now Omwela said the team’s implosion in San Francisco will
force the union to carry out "far-reaching changes" when they
return home Tuesday.
"Contracts are over.
"The World Cup is over.
"We need to look at every player individually.
"We gave away a 26-0 lead against Scotland.
"Maybe we should have been more aggressive in defense," said
Out of the five games that Kenya played at the World Cup, it
only managed one win over Tonga and even lost to low key teams
This was a below par performance compared with the 2013 and
2009 editions where Kenya reached the semifinals under the
leadership of Mike Friday and Benjamin Ayimba respectively.
Simiyu, in his defense, said the poor preparation and player
boycott to training prior to their departure to San Francisco
following his sacking and re-hiring was to blame for the dismal
The Kenyan players had caused a scene in Paris, The last stop
in the World Series when they blocked out the sponsors logo off
their shirts to show their frustration having not been paid
"The team lost four weeks of preparations, and we only had
two weeks to train.
"It was not ideal to get the players in ideal playing
condition," he said.
Kenya’s Captain Oscar Ayodi said the players will hold part
of the blame but noted that the management will also have their
This season, Kenya finished second in two rounds of the World
Series in Hong Kong and Vancouver.
It also failed to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games and
now it has lost badly in the World Cup.
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