Kenya: Impala’s Simiyu switches allegiance to Quins
Kenya national sevens rugby player Nato Simiyu is eyeing glory after crossing the fence to rivals Kenya Harlequin from Impala RFC.
The former Impala captain played his last game for the Red shirts two weeks ago and has since started training with his new club.
Nato becomes the third high profile player in the space of two years to have shifted from Impala to the defending Kenya Cup champions Harlequin.
It first started with Kenya front row Dennis Karani, then followed Kenya sevens player Brian Nyikuli and now Kenya 15s flyhalf Nato Simiyu.
Quins continue to build a formidable squad with Kenya International Eden Agero already holding the fly half position in the club.
Simiyu said he was ready for the challenge.
“The prospect of competition excites me, I am looking forward to fighting for a place against Eden (Agero) and may the best man prevail,” said Simiyu.
“The only way anyone can get better is through healthy competition, and the only reason I left Impala was the prospect of a new challenge,” he said.
“Kenya Harlequin have not offered me a lucrative deal nor has Impala chased me away, this decision is solely mine and in the end it is not a chase for trophies but rather a challenge to just play rugby,” he added.
Speaking to Feverpitch Impala team manager Nick Abok confirmed that Nato Simiyu had verbally informed the technical bench of his mid season move and they had accepted his request.
“We are yet to receive the standard transfer request from Kenya Harlequin accompanied by the transfer fee, but we do not foresee any problems in the transfer,” he explained.
Nato joins his brother Victor Sudi, who moved to Quins from Impala a few years ago together with Innocent Simiyu.
Innocent, however, returned to Impala after just one season, and now the question is how long will Nato last at Quins?
By BS Mulavi, The Standard
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