Friday steps down as Kenya Sevens coach

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 31 July 2013
 Friday steps down as Kenya Sevens coach
Man behind the machine: Mike Friday coached Kenya to fifth in the HSBC Sevens World Series 2012/13

Mike Friday, the man behind Kenya's re-emergence as a genuine power in the Sevens game, has resigned as the country's head coach.

Under Friday, the Kenyans reached four Cup semi-finals in the most recent HSBC Sevens World Series, including in Wellington, where they memorably beat hosts New Zealand en route to the Cup final.

They finished the Series in fifth place overall, and also reached the semi-finals at the recent Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.

The former England Sevens captain and coach made it clear that he and his strength and conditioning coach, New Zealander Chris Brown, had not taken the decision lightly. He also insisted that the players are a credit to their country.
“They are a fantastic group of players and it has been a privilege for both Chris and me to have worked with them all.
“For good governance, I have informed the IRB of my decision, and the situation," added Friday, who suggested that the country has the coaching assets in place to take over in the form of assistant coaches Felix Ochieng and Michael Owino.

In a statement Friday also commented: "The players are precious assets that deserve and need to be given consistent professional support and direction by Kenyan Rugby in order to maximise their potential.

"We truly hope the KRU does that and we wish them well on their journey. Chairman Mwangi Muthee is certainly the individual to lead the Kenya Rugby evolution.

"Preparation for the 2013/14 World Series must be an absolute priority now and we wish Kenya the best of luck on that journey."

#SevensMemories - Fans' favourite

At the end of the season we asked the fans to put forward their favourite Sevens memories of 2012/13 and Kenya's win against New Zealand in Wellington proved extremely popular among the hoards of Kenyan supporters online.