Former Kenya Simbas Head Coach Michael Tank Otieno has graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physical Education and Sports from the University of Nairobi.
The Africa Cup 15s winning coach with the Simbas in 2011 was among the graduates who were conferred with PHD’s during a virtual 63rd graduation ceremony held by the university on Friday 25 September.
His thesis was based on talent identification in rugby with data being collected from local players and coaches during the 2017/18 season.
“My thesis was based on rugby and it was titled the influence of social-cultural environment on talent identification for rugby players in rugby Club in Kenya. I think it is the first rugby thesis PhD in Kenya,” Dr. Otieno told the Scrummage.
The tactician who served Kenya Simbas as player transitioned into coached and led Kenya Cup giants KCB before later moving to Blak Blad. He is currently a World Rugby Trainer.
Kenya Rugby Union joined other sportsmen in congratulating the tactician. Their statement reads: Introducing Dr. Michael “Tank” Otieno! Join us in congratulating a true servant of Kenyan rugby on the attainment of his Doctorate Degree. “Tank” has served Kenyan rugby in various capacities, donning the national team jersey as a player before coaching the national sevens and fifteens teams. He continues to serve the game as a World Rugby certified trainer. Congratulations “Tank”, Kenyan rugby is proud of you!”
Mean Machine’s lock James Oluoch also graduated with a degree during the ceremony.