Kenya Lionesses head coach Dennis Mwanja will be taking it easy heading into the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series in Santiago, Chile this weekend.

Speaking to KRU Media on Wednesday afternoon, Mwanja said; “It is not beyond our capabilities to qualify but that will take a lot of growing up, there is no magic wand that can be waved to get instant results. It is about the input as well, these girls dont have many tournaments to play, they dont have a lot of exposure. Making it to the knockouts will be good for us but what is important is taking it a game at a time.”

After a 25 hour flight from Nairobi, the team landed safely in Santiago, Chile on Tuesday morning.

He revealed that the Kenyan girls are adopting to the Chilean weather as they prepare for the tasks at hand.

“The team arrived well, after a 25 hour flight…eight and half hours to Paris, a three hour layover followed by a twelve and a half hour flight to Lima,Peru before our final three and a half hour flight to Chile.We have had a training and gym session to shake off the fatigue.The girls are adapting to this weather, the temperatures are in the range of 16 to 20 degrees celsius.”

“As mentioned earlier, the team is rebuilding. This rebuilding team is a team that has to first of all get that confidence in high level competitions. Once they get their confidence going, then we can be able to challenge all other teams, “he concluded.

The side is placed in Pool D of the competition alongside South Africa, China and hosts Chile. They will get into action on Friday 12 August with an encounter against China at 9.01pm EAT.

Lionesses will then meet South Africa on Saturday 13 August at 2.37am EAT before finishing their pool matches against home side Chile at 534pm EAT on Saturday 13 August.

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