Paul Treu and Vuyo-Zangqa. PHoto Courtesy/SA Rugby.

Former Kenya 7s coach to take Southern Kings Head Coach role?


Former Kenya 7s assistant Coach Vuyo Zangqa is ready to take over South Kings Head Coach role.

According to Rugby 365, Kings Director of Rugby Robbi Kempson who is serving as the Interim coach is expected to step down and concentrated on a more administrative role.

Should he step down, Zangqa who also worked with South Africa’s Blitzboks before coming to Kenya is ready to step in a lead the team.

“We’d probably have to look at exactly what [the term] young coach is. I have 10 years of coaching experience now, so looking at that, I would definitely look at being a head coach at the Kings,” Zangqa was quoted by the outlet.

Zangqa added that landing the role will depend on what qualities and profile that Kempson will be looking for.

“It all depends on what Robbie Kempson is looking for in the coach. Do I fit the profile or not? I am happy to take over the team at any time. I have built up enough experience over the past few years, to be able to take over,” said Zangqa

Kempson on his part has confirmed he is ready to leave the Head Coach role to be filled by Zangqa. He believes that the coach has come of age.

“I have got absolutely no problem with stepping aside and giving a coach like Vuyo an opportunity, as I did with Sticky [Mzwandile Stick] back in the day,” the Kings boss said.

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“I do think he has grown immensely throughout this competition [Pro14]. The way he embraced Swys du Bruin, coming to join us, took on every bit of information from a guy like Swys, who has an incredible knowledge of the game.”

“I think he is more than capable of taking on a head coach role going forward.”

Zangqa’s playing career with South Africa 7s was cut short by a car accident and he later ventured into coaching where he worked under Paul Treu in Kenya and later moved to coach in Germany.

He returned to Port Elizabeth and took up an assistant coaching position at the Kings in July 2019.

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