Monday, March 29, 2010
Do have a good week and one last chance to vote in our poll on the left. One day I'll give a prize.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
We now meet South Africa in the plate competition.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
The mathematics in the African pool has began as South Africa
beat Zimbabwe 28-15. Shujaa will hope that the try Korea scored
will not come back to haunt them. Zimbabwe will be the next opponent
before an All-Africa supremacy contest with South Africa will
determine who tops the pool and automatically goes through. As
Zimbabwe are learning, the lessons are steep and men are separated
from the boyz very early.
The scores don't really matter, but I see Quins with 8 points over Nakuru, Impala with a score over KCB, Mwamba also with a score over Nondies and I think Machine will win the derby by five points.
Do have a good, rugby-filled weekend. Oh, and please remember to vote in our poll on the left.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
clubs flexed their muscles and asked that the accounts in totality be
merged and the KRFU be transparent. The Union has Safari Sevens,
Bamburi Series Rugby, Kenya Rugby Ltd accounts which are hidden from
the rugby fraternity. Transparency and Accountability in terms of
finance are not strengths of the KRFU and this is proving a challenge.
The meeting was curiously chaired by vice-chairman Fred Odhiambo who
is not very regular in the administration affairs of KRFU.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Specifically in rugby, I know there is a silent war between some clubs and the coverage they receive as opposed to the rest. That one club set the pace in sponsorships, and team naming rights and jersey sales, and the others followed is not the issue here. That is purely chicken and egg. But now that it has come to pass, what role does the media play? I presume the media is supposed to provide fair and balanced coverage of sporting events, but does this extend to giving fair coverage to club's sponsors? Is the advertising a company does linked to the additional mileage it gets from sponsorship coverage? In short is sponsorship another form of gaining free advertising in the traditional media or a way of assisting a team meet its obligations whilst tapping on other non-traditional streams to make impact? Can a sponsor then link his advertising revenue to the presence or absence of a media houses' use of images based on it's sponsorships? Can they then leverage the increase or decrease of sponsorship based on the quantity of appearances in other streams?
And on the other hand can a media house openly support one team or another? I understand the concept of paid advertising, but paying to support is completely alien to me. And that to the detriment of other teams as they may not get as much coverage for their matches! Do other teams then stand a chance of getting crowds to their games or will everyone wondering where to go simply flock to one venue? We hear that a partisan press is bad for development so how does this help the growth of the game? Someone please enlighten me.
Do have a wonderful week.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
time their stock went down. Unfortunate not unlucky after the pool
stages they found themselves in the bowl and though they reached the
bowl final and lost they generally had a poor performance all round.
Basics were non-existent and tactics were lacking.
The focus in todays analysis shifts from the players to the technical
team. Questions to Ayimba, Ochieng and Osir;
Do you understand what a squad is?
Do you know your strongest team?
Do you have a game plan and alternatives? Do you ever try out
different combinations? Do you know the players individual strengths?
Do you play game by game?
Do you analyse your opponents before you play them?
Do you do the maths in terms of tries needed against weaker teams?
Some of the players in Adelaide must have felt wasted and frustrated
with Dennis Mwanja, Sidney Ashioya and Victor Sudi underutilised when
they could have added more spark. Others like Gibson Kahuthia and
Lavin Asego look jaded and tired.
My starting seven would definitely have Humphrey Kayange, Collins
Injera and Ian Simiyu. The rest I would juggle around. Let's see what
the readers think and they could post their preferable starting seven.
Lastly is the Coach Ayimba in order as he prominently promotes his
personal sponsor H20 in preference of Kenya Airways who are the team
Kenya Rugby 7's my mama and I are behind you. Let's just get it right
and okombe will come. Make us proud in Hong Kong. You are the pride of
Go Kenya Go.
B2B starting line-up: Kayange, Sudi, Mwanja, Asego, Simiyu, Injera, Ashioya
Monday, March 22, 2010
Still, makes the semi finals mouth watering and I expect teams to hold back a bit this weekend as they prepare for the final push. Oh, and please take time to vote in our poll on the left.
This weekend is the Hong Kong Sevens and our nearly all African Pool F with South Africa, Zimbabwe and outsiders Korea mean we have to be at our very best to qualify for the main cup. Let us hope and pray that something happens this week!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
the bowl. I had a hard time explaining to her that two wins were just
not enough. What was needed was outrightly 3 wins or 2 very good wins.
Other teams were playing rugby while we were constantly looking for a
needle in the haystack.
Has our coach reached his limit? Do we now desperately need outside
help? Are some players past their peak? Arguably this was a very
strong 13 man squad that travelled to Adelaide. With Dennis Mwanja and
Victor Sudi our options suddenly increased. Horace Otieno is
questionable and Biko Adema should have been in kit. We got it
horribly wrong today and our conservative selection left Shujaa
If we win the bowl it will be scant consolation but truth is we need a
breathe of fresh air either technically or playerwise. If not we shall
always remain dreaming of winning an IRB 7's title. Even Hong Kong and
Arabian Gulf have the same dream. Ayimba has been good to the team.
Now he needs to get out of his comfort zone and be a risk taker.
Fortune favours the brave. See you malaters at Railway Club.
Let us drop five players from the starting lineup immediately and play the bench players fully for the remainder of the event. That will give them the much needed game time, the much needed exposure, allow them to express themselves more, and maybe, just maybe, we may discover something we have been ignoring!
Friday, March 19, 2010
definitely scored the tries against PNG but some mistakes were evident
in that game. Coach Ayimba gave new kid Dennis Muhanji his first 7's
cap which definitey showed how important the kid is to the team.
Wales the 7's kings present a much more serious challenge to the
current top African 7's team Kenya when they meet. Kenya 7's should be
in good shape to play them but this is a Wales that improved
drastically in recent months.
From mama and me we say Go Kenya Go.
Later I will go watch Mean Machine againest Mwamba.
Anyway, front runners and the only unbeaten side Quins will host Impala at the KRFUEA ground. Second placed KCB host Nakuru at Ruaraka. Mean Machine will travel across the road to Railway club to face Mwamba and Nondies host Strathmore at Jamhuri Park. Quins are in fine form and I see them take this one by 8 points. KCB will recover and beat Nakuru by 8 points. Machine and Mwamba will surely tussle and I see Machine overcome Mwamba by a score. Nondies will also beat Strathmore by 8 points.
Do enjoy your weekend. Please take time to vote in our poll on the left. Results here after the matches.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
reached the final. Losing to South Africa was painful considering
Shujaa had beaten them in the pool stages the day before. This time
they aim to go one better and claim an outright win. Fiji, Wales and
Papua New Guinea are standing in the Shujaa road in the preliminaries.
A look at the team indicates that this could be strongest selected in
recent. Only new kid Dennis Muhanji is unknown but the rest are
battle-hardened warriors. With no Ben Nyambu present Shujaas error
rate will go down and kickoffs we can comfortably compete.
Go Kenya Go.