The Simbas big plan to stay fit even in the face of Covid-19 pandemic

  • Kenya 15’s technical bench has come up with a coaching and management manual that covers strength and conditioning, medical, mental skills, defense, attack, forward play, backline play, and general skills to help clubs resume normalcy.
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The Simbas were due to play Morocco, Uganda, and Zimbabwe in the Africa Championships but the tournament has been postponed to allow countries to curb the pandemic coronavirus.

Although there are no clear dates set for the resumption of sports activities, thanks to the unpredictable coronavirus pandemic, Paul Odera the Simbas head coach feels it is always good to remain fit and ready should the sports resume tomorrow.

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The manual is aimed at including match officials’ section and it is Paul Odera’s big plan he intends to use for the duration of his tenure as Simbas’ head coach.

“We must keep reviewing it constantly so that it evolves and adapts not only to our Kenyan environment but also to the international demands as well,” Odera said.

According to the former Kenyan international, Kenya lacks a distinctive style of play as compared to the powerhouses like world champions South Africa, New Zealand, England, Australia, and France.


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“Our style needs to incorporate our racial, ethnic, and social diversity. It needs also to recognize the limited resources we have and maximize our physical athletic ability,” he added.

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The Kenya 15’s had started their normal training in early March ahead of the international calendar but were immediately halted after the government’s ban on all sporting events due to the pandemic. They (Simbas) came very close to qualifying for the 2015 Rugby World Cup but lost to Namibia in a frantic finish.

For the 2019 edition, the Simbas started the year perfectly to finished second to Namibia in the African qualifier but things didn’t favor them as they performed dismally at the Repechage, losing to Canada, Hong Kong, and Germany.

The Simbas are looking forward to bouncing from that heavy loss and reclaim their status and even fight to level the grounds with the African finest World champions, South Africa.

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