Shujaa head coach Innocent Simiyu has stated that they are going into the Cape Town Sevens eyeing for an improvement in last year’s finish, where they exited in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The tourney will be second the round of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series after the Dubai Sevens and will take place at the Cape Town Stadium.
Shujaa finished seventh in the Dubai Sevens after losing 14-12 to New Zealand in the main cup quarters and suffering a 19-12 loss to Australia in the fifth place semifinal. Simiyu has however expressed his satisfaction with the result but urged his side to apply better execution so as to dominate the games.
Speaking to KRU, Simiyu said, “We started the season well..the boys put their best foot forward. We are happy so far with the performance and believe we can build on that. We need to execute better as we have the potential to close games early. The key focus in Dubai was to get our game going and we achieved this.”
“Our key focus in Cape Town is to have the boys consistently perform to their full potential and better last year’s cup quarterfinal performance.”
Oscar Ouma, Sam Muregi and Arthur Owira have linked up with the squad in South Africa as replacements for the injured Dennis Ombachi (ankle), Collins Injera (hamstring)and Erick Ombasa who pulled out. Speaking of the new additions, Simuyu is confident that they bring experience, power, pace and leadership which will be key during the weekend.
“Oscar brings leadership, experience and raw power to our game which will be very vital for a good start in Cape Town. Muregi adds pace to the team, his understanding of the game and try scoring ability are second to none while Arthur has had a very good sevens season with his club KCB and his work-rate on the pitch will help us a lot at the breakdown,” he said.
Shujaa are in Pool A alongside hosts South Africa, France and Russia. They kick off their campaign on Saturday with a match against France at 13:27 before facing Russia at 14:48. Their last pool match will be against South Africa at 20:56.