Kabianga High school who were making their maiden appearance in the national games this year at the Shimo La Tewa High school found the going tough as they lost to Kangaru and Kakamega, managing one win against Galana in the group stages.
Despite the rift valley champions crashing out of the tournament in its early stages, their coach Brian Oduol says his team will take it as a learning experience as they prepare to give it a second shot in the coming year.
According to Oduol, his team will be the one to watch out for next year as only six of the players in the squad that participated in the nationals were form fours. This means he will have a majority of the squad next year which places them in a good position to contend for the national title, given the experience that his players picked this year.
“Being out first time to the Nationals we never lost our two matches, we were learning. We now focus on our weaknesses from term two. Out of the 20 players, only 6 form four’s to mean next year other teams should watch out from sub county to the Nationals, it’s not gonna be easy.”
Defence and being tactical are the other important lessons that Oduol and his team picked up from their games against Kakamega and Kangaru, saying it’s a lesson well taken and they will not be repeating the same mistakes next year. They lost 29-7 against Kakamega and 25-5 to Kangaru.
“Defence is and will always remain a key element of rugby. Despite having a well-structured play, teams need to be tactical to win some matches like Kangaru and Kakamega did against us, lesson well learned and it won’t happen again.”
The coach added that the team’s success comes from the close knight relationship among the players and coaches saying they always try to set a good example to the players who look up to them as coaches.
“We supported each other like family.Our season had highs and lows, so was our family (Kabianga School),but we built a close relationship between players and coaches(Mr Ayieko-Deputy ,Mr Oduol and Mr Akello),it was a success for 2019.”
This is what he had to say to other coaches out there.
“Your young players are looking at you to see how you behave. This includes your interactions with players, officials, and other coaches. Be the person you want your players to be. Actions speak louder than words.”