Kenya Shujaa, the national rugby sevens side player Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu has been named the head coach for the national team for the second time.
Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) today named Simiyu as the replacement for New Zealand’s Paul Feeney as he returns following his successful runs in the 2016/2017 season.
The union’s chairman Oduor Gangla unveiled the former Impala Saracens player after rejecting the earlier decision to appoint the former Dennis “Ironman” Mwanja.
Gangla said Namcos was the most qualified as the Kenya Cup caucus fronted for Mwanja.
Simiyu edged out KCB coach Mwanja and former coach Paul “Pau” Murunga for the position.
Apart from being the player, he also captained Kenya Sevens between 2006 and 2008 and the Kenyan 15s side in 2008 to 2011.
In the World Rugby Sevens Series, Simiyu played in 121 matches scoring 321 points.
He was appointed as head coach of the Kenya Sevens on October 17, 2016 on a two year contract and replacing Benjamin Ayimba.
Namcos would propel the team to two finals at the 2017/2018 World Sevens Series leg in Vancouver and Hong Kong.
Simiyu comes from a rugby playing family where his brothers Victor Sudi and Nato Simiyu played for both Kenya Sevens and Kenya 15s Simba teams. Sudi is currently at Kenya Harlequin technical bench while Nato plays for Impala