Kenya sevens rugby team ready for olympic success

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The Kenya team, is set to leave for Rio de Janeiro on Sunday after undergoing a rigorous two-week high altitude training camp at Nandi Hills in Western Kenya, alongside their women counterparts.

Head coach Benjamin Ayimba has overseen a marked improvement with Kenya’s performances in the international circuit since his return to the helm last September, and he’s looking forward to greater success in Rio.

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“I don’t know where they [players] get their energy, but they are a bunch of very good people, I think that is very positive. And winning that Singapore tournament, has made us realise that we can actually win in the Olympics,” Ayimba told AFP.

“I am very confident, bordering arrogance actually…  the gold actually, nothing less… for the boys the gold is a target, and for the girls to get to the top eight of their tournament because that will give us a platform to prepare then for the next Olympics.”

Kenya, currently ranked ninth in the world, are drawn in a tough Pool C in Rio, alongside former world champions New Zealand, England and Japan.

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