Joshua Chisanga in action against Warszawa. Photo Courtesy/Krzysztof MUDIN Lewandowski

Joshua Chisanga: Why we need more Kenyan Rugby Players abroad


Kenyan International Joshua Chisanga believes having more Kenyan players abroad will boost the national 15s team, Simbas.

The loose forward has had the privilege to play in Uganda, Kenya, England- for Newcastle Falcons and in Poland where he featured for Orkan Sochaczew.

Experience

From his experience with Newcastle Falcons, Chisanga feels there is the need to have more Kenyans play abroad as they will be exposed more and the experience gained will help the Simbas compete with best.

“After my experience with Newcastle, watching the premiership and seeing how clubs train (even the local ones) and how much they have invested in the game, I believe the best way to get up there is to have many people playing abroad,” Chisanga told The Scrummage.

“My dream is we have many Kenyans abroad. If there is a chance for me to get someone on the national team or club level abroad to play, I will be glad to do it because I believe the more we are exposed the more we are able to deal with experienced sides such as Namibia.”

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The Simbas’ World Cup dream has been cut short on several occasions by the Namibians who have a host of their players plying their trade in foreign countries. For instance, of the 31 members of the squad that represented the Country in the 2019 World Cup, 23 players were foreign-based while eight were from local-based Welwitschias which at times plays in the Vodacom and Currie Cup.

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60%

Chisanga says that having a good coach might not be enough unless the players have the right experience and leadership to battle tougher opponents.

“Look at Namibia, 60% play abroad whereas back at home we only have maybe two out of a group of 30. Having a good coach is not enough. We need to have people in the team who have seen it, have experience and leadership, ”  he stated.

“Having just played Kenya Cup is not enough, whether we like it or not our league isn’t up there. It is either the third or second league in Africa and the people that we are competing with don’t play in Africa. We need to get more people playing out there be it at University level,  Premiership,  Ekstraliga and I believe it will be a big boost to the national team set up,” he concluded.

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