2019 was a successful year for Kabianga High School as they clinched the first-ever ever Rift Valley Region 15s title, featured in the National School Games and impressed in the Nakuru Rugby Schools Challenge.
At the end of the year, several players were released after finishing form four. Thomas Okeyo joined Kenya Under 20 squad while Khan Kaptich was part of Kenya Under 18 squad which was scheduled to take part in the Capricon 7s.
Okeyo and Kaptich are now part of the Kenya Cup side Nakuru RFC while Ian Odak is with Shamas Foundation. A number of their students have however taken time to get Clubs since they hail from Kericho region which has no active rugby Club.
Kabianga coach Brian Oduol says they are hoping to feed clubs and University teams with more youngsters at the end of 2020 season.
“We looking forward to releasing another good set of players to join varsity and club rugby come the end of 2020. Our 2019 squad we managed to send one player to Kenya under U-20- Thomas’s Okeyo and Khan Kaptich to the under 18 7’s side,” Oduol told Scrummage.
A few years ago, the Kericho based side was not part of the big names in the Rift Valley region in terms of rugby. 2019 and 2020 have, however, been different for them and Odoul believes featuring in Nakuru Prescott and several tournaments in Western Kenya is the reason behind their rise.
“What we have done right in the last two seasons is that after the Nationals games our current team joined the Nakuru Prescott in term two where they had plenty of test matches with very good results. In the Third term, we worked closely with schools from Nyanza region (Kisii school mostly) giving the boys a very good exposure and a good time for team bonding. Thanks to the support from the school administration,” he added.
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The coach is confident that the side will remain stronger in the coming years having set structures that will ensure continuity.
“In the team of 20 this year we have 8 debutants currently form two’s and three. Our 2021 squad has also started working, we have an under 16 leagues majorly form 1’s and 2 named Kabianga 2, they played some test matches in the sub-county level showcasing a very good display and from the result, one can tell Kabianga is a scoring team with good defence,” he concluded.
Kabianga have already won the Kericho County games and are awaiting the regional games which have been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19.