NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 29- He might have submitted his curriculum vitae to Kenya Rugby Union as they search for a new Kenya Sevens head coach, but outgoing boss Benjamin Ayimba does not expect to find his name in the final shortlist.
Speaking to Capital Sport fresh from leading Shujaa to the Safari Sevens title, Ayimba whose contract run out on Friday has taken a jibe at KRU saying the process of getting a new coach will not be down to achievement and professionalism but personal difference.
“To be honest, I know my chances are slim because it is more of a personal thing as opposed to professionalism. I am unpopular; the Union does not like me, that’s the truth,” Ayimba, who led Kenya to its first ever Main Cup title in Singapore last season said.
He has more than often fallen out with the bosses at KRU and he says this has been down to his tough stand and putting the players’ interest first.
“The Union does not want someone who stands his ground. They want someone they can puppet around. I am not a puppet and I can’t agree to be controlled. Of course they are the bosses but when it comes to the pitch, I am the one who answers questions if the team is not performing,” a confident Ayimba disclosed.
But even as he prepares for his imminent exit, the tactician does not shy away from saying he is proud of his achievements.
He pointed out the recently concluded Safari Sevens which Kenya won for the first time since 2013 as a special one as he wanted to bow out in style.
“I knew this was my last assignment with the team and so I wanted to win it and bow out in style. The players really put in a shift and I must give them a pat on the back. It was also important because of what happened in Rio. It was vital for us to have something that would boost our morale,” Ayimba noted.
“I am proud of my achievements and I believe I have done great things with the team. We managed to qualify for the Olympics, won a Main Cup title in the Series in Singapore and moved from position 13 to 7 on the final standings. To me, that is progress. I have always performed whenever called upon,” Ayimba, a former national sevens player added.
KRU advertised technical bench roles for the Sevens team on September 13 and among the people said to have had talks with the Union is former New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens who confirmed he had been approached for the Kenyan coaching job.