- The amiable Trust rugby coach Kevin “Bling” Wambua, 34, is the youngest tactician to occupy the high profile position in the history of Kenya Sevens. Identifying and nurturing young talent is what drives him. He looks at ways of improving the player’s skills, wherever they may be, whatever the circumstances.
Wambua’s early experience as a youth coach allowed him to sharpen his coaching skills earning him big assignments as Kenya sevens deputy coach.
He embraces discipline as the key to success in rugby. “You have got to work hard, be disciplined and you’ve got to respect the game and fellow players. The game is bigger than any of us. If we exit the stage tomorrow, somebody would take our place and that is why we need to leave this space a better place than we found it,” Wambua insisted.
“Little things like disrespecting your coaches, fellow players and other members of the technical bench can contribute to how you go about your play on the field. If you respect things and have the right spirit of values, you might not land at sin bin at a certain time.
“Rugby is not an individual sport. It’s about building unity and being sure you’re all pulling in the same direction. If you can be a team player inside and outside the field with good actions and attitude all the time, you can keep the team’s winning spirit high all the time,” he offers.
He attended an advanced high-performance talent optimization coaching course as well as lessons on challenges associated with age groups in South Africa. He said this gave him tips on how to handle young and upcoming talents.
“On this journey, I owe a lot to my great mentors Oduk and John Mbayi – who laid a strong foundation and taught me how to plan my time well and execute my tight schedule without knocking the ball,” Wambua acknowledges.
Responding to the task at hand (coaching national team) he concluded, “It’s not easy because there is a lot of expectation and a lot of pressure for good results and if you’re not careful you can spend sleepless nights and live a stressful life.”