Winds of Change

So after  5? years, the era of Coach Benjamin Ayimba has come to an end.  The news broke,  or rather was leaked, to media houses at the start of this week, that the entire coaching staff had been shown the door. The new team will be led by Mitch Ocholla, currently the hottest prospect on the caoaching circuit due to his work with Strathmore University of the last few seasons.
Hang on this is rather old news so why post a blog about it now? The reason is t reflect on where the sevens team is now and what this change is supposed to achieve. No doubt when Ayimba was appointed coach Kenyan fans didn’t quite have the ambitions that we do now, neither had we made any semi-finals or translated the odd upset we’d pull off from time to time into World Series points. All of these were done in the reign of Mr. Ayimba. Yet on the other hand the last two seasons have been marked by a sense of disappointment and missed opportunities. Since becoming  a core nation on the back of an amateur rugby set up, we haven’t really broken any new ground  terms of  results on the field. So was this justification to change leadership and move on perhaps. Was it justification to do it without any kind of decorum or manners, perhaps not.
His successor, therefore has something of a glass ceiling to break through if he is gonna match the expectations of the fans, that have been whetted by Ayimba’s tenure. Certainly though our amateur status is a factor, it is certainly not the only thing he has to address going.  I reckon the best way to  express what I mean is by this lame joke that came to me this morning.
 A Kenyan Rugby Fanatic was invited to an exclusive bash to celebrate the achievements of the Sevens tem. Halfway through the party he notices that they’ve been serving food but no drinks. So he asks the hosts.
“How come there’s lots of food here but no drink?” The hosts answers
“Because Kenya sevens do not have any cups.”
On that note I would like to with Mitch Ocholla and his team best of luck with the sevens team.

Real quickie…

Been back in Kenya since mid July and figures i would post a quick one regards to the brief time online and to dust a few of the old cobwebs accumulating on this blog page.

First of all I am on twitter where i have been busy (@sportinkenya) so you can follow me there.

This will be a quick run through all the major events in Kenyan sports in the past month and a half.

The cricket team did well to pick up and away draw in Ireland and a comprehensive win against Canada in the Intercontinental Cup but put the ODI form esp with the increasingly frequent batting collapses is a major cause for concern

FKL should do better that organizing friendly matches on inconvenient dates in dubiously opaque situations. having friendlies at at all is a good thing but Mr Hey and co on the Harambee stars bench need to have more access to all their players so it would make sense to put the games on FIFA allocated dates to guarantee they are all available.

KPL season reaching its climax and Sofapaka have come from nowhere to not only rule the roost on top of the table but they are setting standards money wise. Old timers like Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards take note…

AK did us all proud with the third place finish at the IAAF World championships but surely How is it we could not produce a single athlete in any of the field events needs to be investigated. Can’t we even find a single championship quality long jumper at the very least

The Elgon Cup concludes this weekend and prospects for its future and in the balance money wise. Surely what are KRFU doing with Safari sevens that cannot be replicated in the Elgon Cup?

On Boxing Conjestina Achieng is back in the ring good times…

And finally to Cricket Kenya. WAPI HIYO ELITE LEAGUE?

Junior Rugby World Trophy

From the 21st of this week, Kenya will be hosting the IRB Junior Rugby World Trophy. this is an u20 tournaments featuring teams from Chile, Kenya, Korea, Paupau New Guinea, Namibia, cayman Islands and the USA.

As the first official IRB event to be hosted in Kenya it should be a massive boost to the standing of the local facilities and an oppotunity for Kenya’s young stars to pit themselves against some of the best u20 talent in the World today

Rugby geeks

As the Bamburi super series builds pace over the weekend Kenya’s rugby fraternity continue to show a not very Kenyan tech savvyness when it comes to web presence. Yes theu actually have a proper website that is regularly updated and was put together by someone aho actually has more that a remote liking for aesthetics and usability.

Hopefully more people will pick up on this trend cos its really bizzare to have to look for fresh news to blog from non-kenyan websites like 99% of the time.

Kudos to KRFU