The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Coach Wants All Players Available for IRB Series

Kenya Sevens coach Mike Friday has asked the Kenya Rugby Union to ensure top players are available for the reminder of the IRB Sevens series.

Friday is disappointed that he couldn't field the likes of Collins Injera, Oscar Ouma and Biko Adema for the Port Elizabeth Sevens, where Kenya gained a paltry five points after a flying start to the to the series at the Gold Coast and Dubai.

"It was disappointing to be without the four experienced players. I have been asking the union to work out their schedule for the end of the year but nothing has happened. I tried to have Mike Wanjala on board but he was tied down by examinations and this hampered our performance in South Africa," added Friday.

The tactician said the team lacks the intensity and defence and the opposition capitalised on this in South Africa.

Kenya won two games and lost one hence dropped to the bowl category due to an inferior goal difference against Wales and Argentina, who both qualified at the expense of Kenya.

He cited the 33-14 defeat to Wales as costly. "We had a couple of individual mistakes which Wales exploited and moving forward to the new year, I hope the players know what is required to be competitive," added Friday.

The coach welcomed the return of former skipper Humphrey Kayange back to the squad but said the talismanic player has to improve on his conditioning and fitness for the reminder of the series. "Kayange knows the bar has been set high by our conditioning coach and I know he will get there," he noted.

The team resumed training over the weekend and will train this week before breaking of for the Christmas and New Year holidays. They resume on January 3.

Kenya face France, Argentina and Tonga in the IRB Wellington series on February 1-2 in New Zealand. The side is currently sixth on the log with 37 points.

Elsewhere, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) demolished Kisumu RFC 45-8 to go top of the Kenya Cup League standings. The bankers overpowered the Lakeside outfit to send a warning to the rest of the sides in the league that they are hungry for the title.

Second row Brian Sagara scored KCB's opening try, which was converted by former Kisumu player Jacob Ojee for a 7-0 lead. Winger Peter Kilonzo put the bankers 12-0 up, scoring an unconverted try from open play before Felix Wanjala reacted quickest to a spilled Kisumu ball in the try box, grounding the ball with Fabian Olando converting for a 19-0 lead. Essau Otieno's penalty for Kisumu reduced the deficit to 19-3 heading into the breather.

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