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Shujaa set targets ahead of new World Seven Series season

The skipper said the recent improvements have given them hope they can compete with the world's best come next season.

In Summary

• "We are on the right trajectory if our performances from the past three months are anything to go by. Our minimum for next season will be to get to the main cup quarterfinals,” said Oyoo.

• Shujaa will not have time to rest as the new season starts in November with the Hong Kong Sevens, followed by the Dubai Sevens and Cape Town Sevens in December.

Daniel Taabu passes the ball as skipper Nelson Oyoo looks on in a training session Birmingham
Daniel Taabu passes the ball as skipper Nelson Oyoo looks on in a training session Birmingham

Kenya Sevens skipper Nelson Oyoo says the country will target the main cup quarterfinals at next season's World Seven Series.

The skipper said the recent improvements have given them hope they can compete with the world's best come next season.

"We are on the right trajectory if our performances from the past three months are anything to go by. Our minimum for next season will be to get to the main cup quarterfinals,” said Oyoo.

Shujaa had a dismal 2021-2022 season getting to the main cup quarters on just three occasions out of 10 tournaments played and the Nakuru winger believes a good pre-season will be key.

“If we can do a rigorous pre-season and have players mentally prepared, I don't see why we can't be competitive and match the best teams in the world,” added Oyoo.

The national team finished a disappointing 12th on the world series log with 49 points.

Shujaa will not have time to rest as the new season starts in November with the Hong Kong Sevens, followed by the Dubai Sevens and Cape Town Sevens in December.

Oyoo said they have learnt the lessons from the turbulent season and will be aiming to right the wrongs experienced.

“It will be a fresh start. We have to work on our kickoffs and lineout as well as other facets of our game," said Oyoo.

The team is scheduled to take a two-week break before starting training next month for the new season as well as play the Safari Sevens.

Elsewhere, Kenya Rugby Union have signed a five-year partnership with BLOCK SPORT AG, a leading Swiss sports technology solutions provider, to create the full digital ecosystem with the launch of Fan Engagement App, Fan Token and NFTs as world’s first rugby union to fully embrace the power of blockchain technology and tokenization for the benefit of the Kenyan rugby and Kenyan sport as a whole.

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