Kenya u-20 head coach Paul Odera has his eyes firmly set on winning the 2018 Rugby Africa Barthes Cup and earn the ticket to the World Rugby junior trophy.
Chipu came close to being crowned continental champions in April but succumbed to a heavy loss to Namibia in the final thus missing out on the chance to be Africa’s representatives at the global showpiece.
After,completion of a training camp in Gilgil,Odera spoke to the Kenyan Rugby Union,stating the reasons why the camp was neccessary.” The aim of the camp was to set a base for conditioning. Mike Owino, the conditioning coach, was looking at where the players are in terms of their agility,endurance and sprint ability as well,”the tactician said.
“We got to the final…the next target is to go one better and qualify for the Junior World Trophy by winning the Barthes cup,”he added.
The coach further stated that it was important for them to get proper conditioning as that was one of the reasons why they fell short in the regional tournament held in April in Madagascar.
“What is crucial is that we get our conditioning right because Namibia blew us away in the last 20 minutes and scored almost 20 points,”he concluded.
In recent years,the national junior side has been playing a pivotal role of feeding the Kenya Simbas team with players most notably Steve Otieno who recently earned his senior team debut.