Kenya national rugby sevens Fly Half Biko Adema has said Shujaa coordinated seamlessly through the Singapore Sevens tournament to lift the maiden title.
Kenya shocked Fiji 30-7 in the final of the two-day championship to claim their first World Series title.
Kenya, who have qualified for the Olympics in the men’s and women’s event, opened up a 20-0 half-time lead over the favourites with two of their four tries from Shujaa powerhouse Collins Injera.
Fiji briefly rallied after the break, but Kenya held firm and scored two further tries to seal a convincing win.
Biko Adema, who did not play for Shujaa in the Singapore Sevens due to injury, attributes Kenya’s victory to true sportsmanship and discipline. He says their journey to the long-awaited victory began a week earlier in Hong Kong Sevens when they were narrowly edged out 12-10 by Fiji in the tournament’s Main Cup quarters.
“The previous weekend in Hong Kong you could see that there was hunger; even though there are those games that we lost, we never relented. The same teams that we beat this past weekend in Singapore are the same teams that beat us a week earlier in Hong Kong; and even when they beat us, there was hunger – it is just unfortunate it did not go our way,” Biko told eDaily.
“At some point such kind of hunger has to bear fruits; and we wanted every game more,” Biko said, adding: “The team was focused; everyone was playing his part; the defense line was very composed and in sync. Once you get that going, you’ll obviously get the ball and when it comes to attack, you hit the lines hard. That is basically it!
“One might think it is about so many tactics, but when he or she breaks it down to these smaller finer details. That is what we executed. We kept it simple, but very direct,” Biko said.
And on why he missed the groundbreaker for Kenya 7s national team, Biko says: “I was in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Sevens when I injured my left arm during a training session. Unfortunately I broke a bone and I was forced to be out of the tournament. I couldn’t play on that weekend. I went to Singapore for one day and I had to come back home (Kenya) because Kenya Sevens had to bring a new player to replace me.”
Biko Adema is hopeful he will be fit for Paris Sevens that will take place beginning May 13.
Kenya Sevens have shot up to seventh in the standings after their 22-point haul in Singapore, with Fiji extending their lead at the top to eight points over South Africa with two rounds remaining in France and England.