NAIROBI, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's sevens rugby team head coach Innocent Simiyu said on Friday he is lucky to face a selection crisis with a busy schedule lined up for his team in April.
Kenya will have four critical tournaments in five weeks and Simiyu will require his troops to be on their best form if they are to navigate through and claim some of the titles on offer.
Simiyu's charges, who returned from Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday, will have little time to rest as they pick up the pieces with the Victoria Falls sevens tournament in Zimbabwe next week.
They will then face a tough schedule with the Hong Kong Sevens first from April 6-8, followed by the Commonwealth Games a week later (April 13-15) and then the Singapore Sevens from April 28-29.
"The consistency has been there and top performances from all players have been shown. But it's going to be tough month for us all. Luckily, I have a deep squad to pick from and some of our young players will get their chances," Simiyu said on Friday in Nairobi.
Kenya's team captain Oscar Ouma said all the players have proved their fitness and are ready for the next assignment. "We will all focus on recovery, then pick up training before we travel again. It's a good thing to see competition for slots in a team," said Ouma.
Kenya's women's team will also face a do-or-die campaign as they seek to become one of the 10 core teams in the 2018/2019 Women's Sevens World Series when they play at the qualifying tournament on April 4-5 in Hong Kong.
They will also be in action days later at the Commonwealth Games before playing at the Women's Africa Sevens Cup at a yet to be confirmed venue in May.