Kenya will be seeking to increase their points tally when the IRB Wellington Sevens campaign starts today at Westpac Stadium.
After a 98-hour flight from Nairobi via Johannesburg and Sydney, Kenya opens their campaign against France at 3am Kenyan time. Kenya and France met in the third and place fourth leg play-off match in Dubai with Kenya winning 15-12 in a tight encounter. Kenya will then face Argentina 6:18am.
The two sides clashed in the last leg in Port Elizabeth with Kenya winning 21-17. Kenya will then complete their preliminary matches against Tonga at 8:52am. Head coach Mike Friday said the team's arrival had been compromised after the long flight delay and he has been at pains trying to work out a schedule for the team.
"It's been tough three days. We have had to spare the boys of rigorous hard training involving contact because of the jet lag," he added.
He was, however, bullish about the team chances of performing well after faring poorly in the last leg in Port Elizabeth in December. "First and foremost, we have continued to work on our conditioning. We also need to improve on our defensive discipline and shape if we are to work as a team. Good defending and technical accuracy will also be key. If we get better, we will be more efficient in our work rates and will allow us to exert more pressure on the opposition," he added.
Friday said he is delighted to have Oscar Ouma and Collins Injera back for the two legs in Wellington and Las Vegas. "I'm happy that the two players are back to offer experience and game breaking ability. They will be key in this two tournaments," he said. He, however, declined to say how many points the team was chasing in two legs.
"We will aim to win every game we play. The margins between success and failure are so fine as we found out to our detriment in South Africa. We will need to be playing at our best to qualify from our group and whilst we have already shown we have the ability to beat all the teams in the group we can take nothing for granted and whilst we respect the abilities of all three teams we fear no team. We hope to be in the Cup competitions day 2 and then we will start again and focus on the next game," added Friday.