By John Cowabe
Kenya's hopes of competing in the 2019 Rugby World Cup were dashed when they lost 42 – 17 to Hong Kong in the Chinese bra tournament in Marseille, France.
They lost their first match back to Canada 65-19 last week and only the winner of the returnchage tournament will qualify for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Now the team will become the focus for the Sevens game, with the start of the World Series Rugby series on December 1 in Dubai and the Olympic qualification tournament set for 2019.
Chief coach Ian Snook does not give up hope and said they will deliver their best performance on Friday when they play their last game in the World Cup World Cup against Germany.
"The team has potential and will soon be able to handle other bigwigs for medals," Snook said on Monday. "However, we need to match the sport in Kenya and give him more support to play against the top teams more often."
Captain Kenya Wilson Kupundo said the team had to work hard on the mistakes they made mostly in the second half as they prepared to take on Germany.
"It's a tough tournament and we have our heart, and what I can guarantee is that we will get back to a better team ready to join the big league," said Kofundo. "Our endurance wants and we lose focus in the last 20 minutes, that's something we need to work on ahead because we always let the game slip through our hands after a strong start."
Coach Snook says the big job for him is to maintain Kenya's phase attacks and defense patterns. "They're a good team, well organized, and they have a few attacking threats, but Kenya has to step up a few levels in our game in all aspects if we have to beat the big teams," Snook said.