Shujaa Head Coach Innocent Simiyu has shared his sentiments on his team’s upcoming assignments in April.
Speaking on Friday at the team’s residential camp in Nairobi, Simiyu said, “preparations have been good…our key focus right now is making sure the players rectify the small areas that they need to rectify to be fit to play in Hong Kong. Hopefully we can start hitting our standards in Hong Kong.”
With his side set to compete at the quadrennial Commonwealth Games taking place in Gold Coast, Australia, Simiyu said, “Of course Commonwealth is a big tournament, everyone is eyeing a medal . We believe how we perform in Hong Kong will more or less set the pace with regard to the Commonwealth Games.”
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There is a packed calendar for Shujaa in the coming month with the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens competition taking place in between the Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the 2017/18 Sevens World Series , something Simiyu addressed by saying, “We knew that from the beginning of the season…so all of this starts with the pre-season and planning part of the season. For us this is like the peak point of the season because we have Hong Kong which is a very big tournament, Commonwealth Games which is one of the highlights of the season and also Singapore where we won two years ago and have always played well there.The key thing is how we manage the players because the hard work was to ensure that they are fit to play and recover well and this was done during the pre-season.”
Kenya have been grouped in Pool B for the Hong Kong Sevens with Australia, France and Spain from 6th t0 8th April while they will fight it out with New Zealand, Canada and Zambia in Pool C of the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens competition from 13th to 15th April.