•The men's national rugby Sevens team are staring at an early exit from the Tokyo Olympics after losing to United States and South Africa.
•They began slowly against USA before recovering to lead 14-12 through a Jeff Oluoch try.
•It was the same script for their next encounter against the Springboks.
The men's national rugby Sevens team are staring at an early exit from the Tokyo Olympics after losing to United States and South Africa in their first two pool C games.
Shujaa suffered a last-gasp heartbreak in their first match against the Americans as a Madison Hughes try with the last whistle of the game earned Mike Friday's charges a 19-14 win against his former side.
Kenya took time to get into the rhythm of the game and paid for it by going down 12-0 courtesy of double tries by Carlin Isles and Martin Iosefo.
However, the local boys recovered to reduce the deficit to 12-7, thanks to Collins Injera at the stroke of halftime.
They came back all guns blazing in the second half and were soon flirting with an opening day win after Jeff Oluoch converted a try to make it 14-12 in favour of the Kenyans.
However, U.S skipper Hughes got on the end of a swift counterattack to swing the pendulum in favour of the Americans. This was after Shujaa had embarked on a try scoring opportunity through Willy Ambaka after being set up by Eden Agero.
It was the same script for their next encounter against the Springboks. Kenya were on the back-foot in the early stages of the game as South Africa raced into a 14-0 lead courtesy of Selvyn Davids and captain Siviwe Soyizwapi.
However, Shujaa regained control of the game as Injera scored a try at the tail-end of the first half thanks to a beautiful set-up by Harlequins' Agero.
However, despite sustained pressure in the second half, South Africa held on to win 14-5 and secure their place in the quarterfinals of the quadrennial competition.
Kenya next face Ireland who also lost their two matches against South Africa and USA, hoping for a big win to enhance their chances of a quarterfinal appearance.