Kisumu RFC players hurdle during Championship final against Bulls. Photo Courtesy/ Denis Acre-half.

Kisumu captain Maurice Osano reflects on 2019/20 Kenya Cup season


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Kisumu RFC Co-captain Maurice Osano has expressed confidence in the side staging a  return to the top tier league, the Kenya Cup, after failing to maintain their status last season.

The Brian Makalama coached side disappointing return to Kenya Cup after sitting out for five years saw them fail to handle the pressure, with their fate in the top league having been already sealed even before their last match was played.

One win

The side managed only a single win in their 16 league outings, brushing off Nondies 19-17 on 2 November 2019, in Kisumu, later going on to lose the rest of their season matches.

Yet, Osano who is adamant the side will return a rejuvenated side, has confirmed the side’s disappointments from last season, are gradually being transformed to valuable lessons to take, which he believes will propel them back to the top.

“Rugby is a learning process, and thus, if you always have things going smoothly then you are not learning.  We have picked up lessons and we are going to work harder for a come back that will see us stay in the top tier,” Osano told The Scrummage.

The lake-region based side last-place finish in the league saw them earn only two points after dishing out two walkovers, with a point difference of -565 points, the worst in the league, and a -2 in bonus points.

Preps 

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This, Osano puts, was mainly as a result of delayed preparations by the team in preseason.

“I think our preparations began a bit late and that is where we lost it. But we picked several lessons, from players, our technical bench and management, that we would like to work on and as a team going forward. We are going to implement them and be better as a team, ” he said.

And although the season, in Kisumu’s camp, was culminated by a series of disappointments, Osano explained there were some moments, that served a positive note to the side.

Win over Nondies

The win against one of the most decorated Kenyan rugby side Nondies, he says, was the epitome of it all.

“The most memorable moments would be winning the Nondies home game. It felt nice and it taught us that there was potential in the team and that we could do it,” he said.

The lanky forward further called for their faithful fans to rally in and support the team achieve its stated objectives.

“For our fans we love you and keep on supporting Kisumu RFC,” he said.

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