Odera is Kenya Coach

By Johnson Were

Kenya U-20 National rugby team, the Chipu head coach Paul Odera has been appointed Head coach for the national senior 15s side” the Simba”.

Odera comes in as Head Coach Odera replacing New Zealand technical bench of Ian Snook who left the team.

Odera this year led the Kenya Chipu to the Junior World Cup tournament for the second time.

The first time was in 2009 when Kenya hosted the tournament. He holds a World Rugby Level 3 Coaching Certificate and is also a World Rugby Coach Educator besides being a teacher at Peponi House Preparatory School.

Kenya Simbas in green battle the Rugby Cranes in return leg of the Elgon Cup in Nairobi

His technical team shall comprise of Jimmy Mnene (Team Manager), Ben Mahinda (Team Physiotherapist), Edwin Boit (Team Analyst), Michael Owino (Strength and Conditioning Coach) and Albertus Van Buuren (Backs Coach).

Mnene and Owino have worked together with Odera for the last four years as the management of Chipu.

Mahinda has been part of the Lionesses technical team while Boit has worked with Chipu and Simbas in previous assignments providing comprehensive analysis of each player’s statistics after training sessions and matches.

The teams Odera has coached known for being disciplined, intelligent, well organized, skilful and creative as witnessed with Chipu.

He has 20 years’ experience and coaching in Independent Schools in Kenya, South Africa and New Zealand.
With the cancellation of the 2019 Rugby Africa Gold Cup competition, the team does not have many fixtures and the Union is working hard to fill the calendar. 

The Confirmed games for this season so far are Elgon Cup matches against Uganda on the 22nd of June in Kisumu and on 13th July in Kampala, Uganda.

On Saturday 1st June, KRU will hold trials at the RFUEA Grounds to select the provisional Simbas squad that will represent Kenya in the 2019 Elgon Cup fixtures.
Other matches will be confirmed as the International season continues. The Union is keen to revive the Victoria Cup to fill the gap left by the cancellation of the Gold Cup.


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