‘Namcos’, Mwanja, Murunga…all in the running for Shujaa top job

Kenya Rugby Union is expected to unveil a new Kenya Sevens head coach this week after narrowing down the search to four from an initial list of 15 applicants.

This comes after KRU parted ways with Kenya Sevens Technical Director Paul Feeney on mutual consent on June 12, 2020 amidst corona virus pandemic.

Of the shortlisted candidates, Citizen Digital understands three are Kenyans and one foreigner.

The three Kenyan coaches who applied for the job are former Shujaa coach Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu who coached Shujaa from 2016 to 2017, former Shujaa head coach Paul ‘Pau’ Murunga who led the team in 2018 and former Shujaa player Dennis Mwanja who also coaches KCB 15s as an assistant coach.

With the policy of adopting a home-grown coach in place, one of them is expected to take over the mantle at Shujaa’s hot seat.

KRU had last month said they’ll hire a local coach as a cost-cutting measure.

Cash-strapped KRU has in the past spent heavily on foreign coaches and the script seems to be changing at the Ngong Road based outfit.

The statement said that they will be looking for a local coach with a minimum of three years experience as a head coach in a division one club elite squad, and a minimum World Rugby Level two coaching certification in either sevens or 15s rugby.

Benjamin Ayimba is the only coach who has handled the team twice, his first tenure being in 2010 and the second in 2016 where he led Shujaa to winning the first leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore.

The new head coach is expected to start work in October with Kenya hosting the Safari Sevens international tournament.