REVEALED: Why Kenya Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu was fired despite his achievements

The Kenya Rugby Union board has fired Sevens head coach Innocent Simiyu.

Sources told the Star that Simiyu took responsibility for players who refused to display the Brand Kenya sponsorship logo during a game in Paris two weeks ago.

He gatecrashed a disciplinary meeting on Tuesday saying he would take the fall.

Earlier on Thursday, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala canceled a Sh20 million sponsorship deal between Brand Kenya and the Kenya Rugby Union.

A furious Balala accused the union of not paying the Kenya Sevens players their allowances during the Paris Sevens earlier this month. As a result, they blocked the sponsors’ logo ‘Make It Kenya’.

Balala observed: “Kenya Tourism Board is using the athletes to promote and market destinations. What they did was very embarrassing. I am not happy about it.”

He went on to say: “How can a Kenyan go to an international activity and  cover Brand Kenya? How, even if you have a problem with your organisation?

“That was not Brookside or Tusker, or Safaricom. It was Make It Kenya! That name there is your country’s, your motherland which made you what you are,”the Minister said at a Mombasa Hotel during the Kenya Association of Hotel-keepers and Caterers symposium.

The players noted that they were to receive Sh100,000 each, for taking part in photo-shoot before departure to the final two legs of the world series (London and Paris), but that this was not the case.

Balala instructed them to get in touch with Acting Brand Kenya Chief Executive Officer Floice Mukabana to get their dues.

Brand Kenya had remitted Sh4 million to the union as the first share to cater for the players’ allowances and miscellaneous requirements.

Sources have however revealed that, when the money hit the union’s account, part if it was swallowed by an overdraft while some was used to pay outstanding debts and facilitate training camps for the Kenya 15s team in Nanyuki.

Balala said there will be no more funding from the government for rugby in the wake of the fiasco with Brand Kenya.

Speaking yesterday from Toronto, Canada, KRU chairman Richard Omwela termed the move unfortunate.

“We have started disciplinary proceedings on some of the players and are looking at making changes in the team due to what happened in Paris,” said Omwela.

The move will affect Shujaa’s preparations for the upcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens in USA from July 20-22.

-William Njuguna

Tourism CS Najib Balala Cancels Sh20 Million Kenya Sevens Sponsorship

Tourism CS Najib Balala has cancelled a Sh20 million sponsorship to Kenya Sevens team for over embarrassment that the team caused the country on an international game.
The team apparently covered the Kenyan brand during Paris sevens two weeks ago.
Speaking at the Kenya Association of Hotels and Caterers, Balala said the team “must respect the country and they have failed us”.
“How can you be a Kenyan and go to an international activity and cover the brand Kenya, how?” The CS asked furiously.
He said even if the team had a problem with Brand Kenya, they should have solved their issues “instead of embarrassing the whole nation”.
“That was not written Brookside or Tusker or Safaricom, it was written Brand Kenya. That is your country, your motherland! That makes who you are and then you cover it! ” Balala said.
The CS said sports should one major component that the country should be branded internationally.
-Alex Muange

Kenya 7s Humphrey Kayange retires in open message to fans

 

Rugby fans were shocked when legend Humphrey Kayange on Friday announced he was retiring from the popular sport.

Read his emotional letter below;

My turn to say………..Goodbye!!! It has been about 2 years now that I have been trying to get back to the field for 🇰🇪 and run out with the brothers one last time. Guess it wasn’t to be. It is time to say goodbye to my international career in both 7s and 15s.
The last 12 years have been an unbelievable experience and I have loved every min of it. I have been blessed to play the game for more than a decade and to explore my talent and abilities while injury free for the better part of it.

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He continued;

I would like to thank a few people that have been part of the journey. My gratitude goes out to: • My family, Mum &Dad, Collo, Lee & Mike for all the support they have given me. I have shared amazing memories with my brothers as well representing the republic • My Employers KEBS who have been supportive through it all and allowed me to go out and explore my talents • Over 12 years, I have been coached by several guys who’ve made me better so thank you very much. For the S&Cs as well, I will always remember some of those painful sessions but it was all worth it. • Mwamba RFC – the rock that my Rugby foundation lays on so always glad to have your back guys and know that you have mine • To the 40M+ – you guys have made it all worthwhile and special through the joy and the tears. The experiences shared will never be forgotten. The critics made us work harder so thanks to each and every one of you. • To the rugby community, Including World Rugby, KRU, Samurai International, Players I have the pleasure of playing with and against, I am immensely grateful for the all the memories, I will take them all with me to the next chapter as nothing compares to the satisfaction you get after a game.

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Now it’s time to focus on the next chapter, I have a few hats on already that have been keeping me busy. In between my Research duties at KEBS, getting my Level 2 coaching accreditation and my Athletes Commission responsibilities at the Olympic Committee, I look forward to many more opportunities where I can give back to the sport that has given me so much. Asante sana!! 🇰🇪🇰🇪🇰🇪

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His fans who include fellow celebrities have thanked him for his contribution with brother Collins Injera revealing his thoughts in this message;

Bro, I don’t even know where to start.Your retirement announcement is very emotional for me, as you are the reason I started playing rugby. Seeing you leave feels like a part of me has left.

Maina Kageni also noted, saying; This is so heartfelt. #AhsanteTall

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Kenya sevens team ready to bounce back after Hong Kong heartbreak

Kenya sevens had another weekend to forget at the just concluded Hong Kong sevens series after losing at the main cup finals to Fiji despite putting a spirited fight to get there.

The Shujaa team stormed into the quarters after beating Canada and Spain 33-10 and 26-0 respectively before losing 26-28 to Australia.

In quarters Kenya beat Scotland 19-12 to book a  semi finals date with heavyweights New Zealand whom were humbled 21-12.

Unfortunately, their Hong Kong dream was cut short after Fiji beat Shujaa 24-12 in the finals. Kemya were forced to play with just five players after Williy Ambaka and Collins Injera were shown the yellow card even before the half time break.

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Moments after the tense match, Collins injera took to social media and wrote;

Gritty performance this weekend from the @KenyaSevens boys, congratulations to @fijirugby for the win. We take the lessons and move forward. Hong Kong you have been good to us. Next up Commonwealth games. Thank you for the support.
Jeremiah 29:11.

Here are some of the photos of the matches;

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The team is fortunately not discouraged because they have shown readiness for the upcoming Common Wealth games which will be held in Australia at Gold coast, Queensland.

At the common wealth, the team will square it out with New Zealand, Canada and Zambia.

They pose in basket ball Jerseys, a sign that they are prepared.

We wish the boys all the very best!

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‘Well Done’ Kenyans praise sevens team for brilliant performance at World Rugby sevens in Canada

It truly has been a great sporting weekend for Kenya, as the Kenya sevens team won the praise of their countrymen for a stellar performance in Canada this past weekend.

The boys did Kenya proud after completing at the eight position, with a total of 64 points.

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Kenyans have taken to social media to share photos of our team and a few videos as they celebrated the achievement. Check out comments below:

 

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Courtesy Kenya_7s

Gregory Chacha ..What a weekend, time difference notwithstanding…Kenya eehh….

Emmahngwiri Wathoni …Proud of this guys….

Kennedy Tendet Masai ..Go go go.we are proud of team kenya.

Maigua Ratemo ..Well done people. You earned a shujaa pride
Sylvia Mukasa.. Proud of you Shujaa.You are doing Kenya proud!

Kiragu Ngugi ..Guys we are proud of you, go guys go…. You are strong, you can make it.

Joan Chepkemoi Maritim ..Proud of you guys and we love you.

 

Oscar Ayodi Named Kenya Sevens Skipper For The Rest Of The Season

Homeboyz utility back Oscar Ayodi has been confirmed Kenya Sevens team captain for the remainder of the season.

Though recovering from knee surgery currently, Ayodi takes the armband from long-serving skipper Andrew Amonde, who has told management that this will be his last season with the side.

Amonde has been Kenya’s captain since 2012 and skippered the team to the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2013 in Russia and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Since making his debut in 2010, Amonde has played 267 matches, scoring 220 points from 44 tries. He has been sent to the bin 11 times and has never received a red card.

In 2016/2017 season, Amonde played 55 matches and scored 50 points.

The management have opted to retain the services of Amonde for the season as they groom Ayodi and Oscar Ouma for captaincy roles this season and in the seasons to come. Ouma will skipper the squad to the Sydney and Hamilton tournaments slated for the next two weekends.

Ayodi said he is more than ready to step into the role of skipper for the duration of the season. He captained the team in Dubai and Cape Town. “It’s great opportunity. I have experienced veterans like Oscar Ouma and Collins Injera in the side and they will be able to mentor some of the young players in the squad and ensure that we meet our targets for the season,” he added.

Ayodi will miss the Sydney and Hamilton legs as well as the Las Vegas and Vancouver in March but should be fit for Hong Kong and Commonwealth Games in April in Gold Coast. “I’m recovering from the surgery but I should be fit by April and ready to play at the Commonwealth Games and World Cup in July in San Fransisco, USA,” he noted.

Team manager, Eric Ogweno said the team arrived in Sydney on Sunday night and will use the three days to finalise their preparations for the their tournament opener against Argentina. “The boys have settled in well and adapted well to the conditions. We have recovery session and we may play matches but I will confirm,” noted Ogweno.

Kenya play Argentina on Friday before facing France and Wales on Saturday. The top two teams will advance to the main cup quarterfinals. Management has set a target of 10 points for each leg and Ogweno is confident they will deliver this weekend in Australia.

-The Star|William Njuguna

Shujaa Land Tricky Pool Ahead Of Cape Town Sevens

Kenya Sevens have been drawn in a tricky pool for the Cape Town leg of the World Sevens Series where they face champions South Africa, France and Russia in Pool ‘A’.

Dubai Sevens runners New Zealand headline Pool ‘B’ where they face off against Australia, Spain and USA.

England, Scotland, Argentina and Uganda make up Pool ‘C’ as Fiji, Singapore 7s champions, Canada and Wales complete Pool ‘D’. Shujaa have fond memories about Cape Town having progressed to the main cup quarterfinals in 2016 and semifinals in 2015.

The side bagged 10 points in Dubai after making it to the main cup quarters after beating Canada (29-15) and Uganda (29-15), separated by a 48-5 hammering by South Africa.

Shujaa lost 14-12 to New Zealand to be relegated to the fifth place play-off where they lost 19-12 to Australia.

Team manager Eric Ogweno was encouraged by the team’s display but insisted that they need a killer instinct to beat the top sides in the world.

“It’s very encouraging we have 10 points in the bag but room for improvement. We dominated in the match against New Zealand but failed to take our chances. All in all, it gives us momentum heading to Cape Town next weekend,” said Ogweno.

He noted that they were monitoring the injuries to Dennis Ombachi and top try scorer Collins Injera. Ombachi suffered an ankle injury en-route to scoring a try against Uganda and was stretchered off the pitch while Injera felt his hamstring in the second pool match against South Africa.

-The Star| William Njuguna

Kenya Sevens Team Suffered From Lack Of Adequate Preparations – Innocent Simiyu

Kenya Sevens team head coach Innocent Simiyu has cited inadequate preparations and strike as their main undoing in the just ended World Sevens Series.

Shujaa finished 12th in the standings with just 63 points after failing to hit their target of at least 10 points per leg in the 10-round circuit.

The team arrived in the country to a low-key reception on Monday following another disastrous campaign at the final leg of the 2016-17 season in London, where they picked just five points.

The Sevens players went on strike a week before the opening series in Dubai and the team also saw strength and conditioning coach Ian Gibbons resign, developments that Simiyu said were detrimental to their plans for the season.

However, he said the past season was basically meant for setting up structures following his appointment just before the series commenced.

“This year was more of laying a foundation and setting up the structures so that we can have a platform to compete at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games,” noted Simiyu.

“The most important thing ahead of the World Cup is to have a thorough pre-season campaign since, for once, we have a chance to.”

Director of national squads and elite performance, Ian Mugambi, said the board will review the team’s performance this season in the next few weeks to enable them plan ahead for next season.

“It will be a challenging season ahead. With the Commonwealth Games and World Cup Sevens coming up, we must start our preparations early and get the team in good shape physically,” said Mugambi.

-The star

Mtangazaji Gidi Aunganisha Wakenya Na Watalii Kupitia Wimbo Wa Kogalo Nchini Ufaransa (VIDEO)

Mtangazaji wa Radio Jambo, Gidi Gidi anajulikana sana kwa umahiri wake katika nyanja ya uanahabari kwani kipindi chake cha Gidi na Ghost Asubuhi ndicho kipindi nambari moja nchini, katika mida ya asubuhi.

Gidi ambaye pamoja na mwenzake Ghost Mulee huwa na kitengo cha Patanisho ambacho huleta pamoja wawili waliokosana na kuwapatanisha, haswa wanandoa.

PHOTOS: Gidi and Ghost Watch Kenya 7s LIVE In Paris Sevens!

Basi mbali na shughuli za utangazaji, Gidi ni mpenzi wa kandanda huku akijulikana kwa kuwa shabiki sugu wa timu za Gor Mahia na Arsenali ambazo zachezea ligi za Uingereza na Kenya mtawalia.

Gidi hajakuwa katika studio katika mda wa majuma mawili kwani alisafiri ng’ambo pamoja na mwenzake Mulee katika shughuli za kusherehekea siku ya kuzaliwa ya mwanawe, Marie-Rose Hera Ogidi, ambaye alikuwa anasherehekea mwaka mmoja.

What’s In The Offing? Mulee Poses With football legend George Weah After Series Of Meetings

Baada ya sherehe Gidi aliandamana na mwenzake pamoja na familia yake kushabikia timu ya raga ya wachezaji saba kila upande ya Kenya, katika mashindano ya raga mjini Paris.

Wikendi Tutakuwa Paris Kwa Sherehe Za Mwanawe GIDI- Ghost Mulee (VIDEO/PICHA)

Kama ilivyo desturi, mashabiki wa Kenya ndio wanaojulikana kwa shamra shamra na mbwembwe chungu nzima katika michuano hii na basi ilikuwa fursa bora kwa watangazaji hawa pindi tu walipoungana na wakenya wenzao.

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“Kogalo, Goooor….Gor Mahia..
“Kogalo, Goooor..Gor Mahia…
“Pinje duto ywakni, Gor..Mahia…

Katika hali ile ya kushangilia wachezaji wa Kenya, Gidi alitumia fursa ile kuimba wimbo mashuhuri wa kuisifu timu ya Gor Mahia.

Katika harakati ile, Gidi na Ghost waliwafurahisha watalii ambao pia waliungana nao na kuisifia Gor Mahia.

Tazama kanda ifuatayo.

 

 

PARIS 7s: Kenya Sevens Bundled Out After 12-7 Loss To Argentina

Kenya 7s lost 12-7 to Argentina in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinal at the on going Paris Sevens.

A poor defence from the Kenyan side saw Bazan Velez make his way over the try line, to help the Argentinians take a 5-0 half time lead.

PHOTOS: Gidi and Ghost Watch Kenya 7s LIVE In Paris Sevens!

Ever vibrant Nelson Oyoo revived Kenya’s hopes giving the Innocent Simiyu led side 7-5 ahead. But the Argentinians were not done with Gaston Revol’s converted try all but securing the win for them giving Shujaa another sour outing, dropping to the 13th place playoff fixture against Russia.

In the end it was Russia who carried the day with a 7-15 win over the Kenyans.

Wikendi Tutakuwa Paris Kwa Sherehe Za Mwanawe GIDI- Ghost Mulee (VIDEO/PICHA)

The national side won one match, lost one and drew one in their group matches. Kenya lost 20-14 to France before beating Spain 26-14 then drew with England.

-Additional editing by kru.co.ke