Kenya Rugby Union on Tuesday named Innocent Simiyu as head coach for the Kenya 7s Team effective 1st October 2020.
Simiyu replaces Paul Feeny, who left the team in June.
The appointment of Simiyu comes after an intensive interview process in August in which he topped a short list of four candidates Simiyu, Dennis Mwanja, Paul Murunga and Nick Wakley.
According to KRU, he was unanimously selected by the panel as the best candidate to lead.
“Following a KRU board meeting on Monday 1st September 2020, we would like to confirm Simiyu as the Head coach having attained top marks in the interview.”
The panel had Thomas Odundo, KRU acting CEO, Paul Feeney, former Kenya 7s HC and Peter Harding, World Rugby HP consultant.
The Kenya 7s team has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 but the HSBC World Sevens Series seems to be in doubt with the Dubai / Cape Town and New Zealand / Australia legs cancelled due to the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Namcos as he is fondly known is a former Kenya International and handled the team on the Sevens World Series between 2016 and 2018.
He steered the team to 12th position with 63 points during the 2016/17 season before guiding them to 8th position with a record points tally of 104 points during the 2017/18 season.