NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – Kenya Sevens captain Humphrey Kayange hopes his side can win either of the last two legs of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens starting with London this weekend.The Mwamba centre told Capital Sport that the team has been working hard on eliminating the mistakes that permeated their last tour to Adelaide and Hong Kong and that they will be a transformed unit once they step onto the hallowed Twickenham turf.
“We didn’t play very well on our last tour. Basically in training we have tightened the areas where we performed poorly,” said Kayange.
“The main focus for the guys now is to win a tournament. With the expectations on us now, we just have to go out there and play well,” he added.
Kenya is in Pool B of the London Sevens alongside New Zealand, Portugal and world champions Wales.
“We have to be very incisive and very tight in defence. When we get the opportunity to score we have to take them and keep pumping the pressure so that we can make the main cup quarters,” said Kayange.
The following week, Kenya lock horns with series leaders Samoa, Argentina and France at Murrayfield.
“Against Samoa we have to stand our ground physically and take the game to them. We have beaten Samoa before which happened when we were very relaxed. That’s the attitude we are going to take into this tour because when we are relaxed we play well,” said the skipper.
Kayange is happy with most of how the 2009/2010 season has turned out for his team.
“Its been a good season for our side up until the Adelaide and Hong Kong legs where we failed to achieve the targets we set. We hope in the upcoming tour we can get to where we want to be and finish the season on a high,” said Kayange.
Kayange spoke after receiving The Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) from Youth and Sports Affairs minister Professor Hellen Sambili on Monday.
His younger brother Collins Injera and Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Richard Omwela also received the same award that was awarded to them by Kenya President Mwai Kibaki last Jamhuri Day.
“Its an honour to receive this award and it is testament to the hard work we have done in training and on the field,” said Kayange.