KRU Names Former Captain Namcos Simiyu New Shujaa Coach

Innocent Simiyu on a tackle against a Samurai player during Tusker Safari Sevens cup semi-finals at the RFUEA grounds in 2010. Photo/Courtesy

Source: Citizen TV Kenya

Former captain Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu is the new Kenya 7s head coach, taking over from Benjamin Ayimba upon Kenya Rugby Union’s (KRU) Monday confirmation.

Simiyu is a former sevens and 15s skipper. The 33-year-old Impala centre, captained Kenya Sevens between 2006 and 2008 and the 15s side from 2008 to 2011. Simiyu sustained a career-threatening knee injury during the 2011 Bamburi Series.

He returned in 2014 to coach and play for Impala where he won the Comeback of the Year Award at the annual SOYA Awards.

Simiyu will lead a technical bench with Ian Gibbons as Strength and Conditioning Coach, Lameck Bogonko as the Team Physio and Eric Ogweno as Team Manager.

Kevin Wambua has meanwhile, been elevated to the head coach for the women’s national side, Lionesses alongside Samuel Njogu (Strength and Conditioning), Ben Mahinda (Physio) and Camilyne Oyuayo (Team Manager).