KCB assistant coach Dennis Mwanja has credited their Kenya Cup success to the pre-season sessions that they have had in South Africa.
The former Kenya 7s star says the sessions have helped the players improve their skills and have grown better and better in terms of confidence.
Five in a row
Having beaten Kabras 23-15 in the finals staged at Kakamega Showground, the tactician believes that they are in the course to achieve their big dream of winning the Kenya Cup title for five years in a row.
“We had a vision which looked unbelievable at the start- when we said we need to win it five times in a row. This is the third time in a row and we are in it for a long overhaul. We still have a big dream of winning it five times in a row. Our preparations with Stormers and South African sides has really helped us. It has boosted the confidence of the team and skills level has gone up, Mwanja said after the match.
The last two matches between KCB and Kabras has been won in the second half especially after their subs come on. Mwanja admits that his side has been blessed to have one of the strongest benches in the local league.
He feels that the bench has been their strong point in the league since their opponents have good starters but their tempo drop if they pull out some of the players.
“Every coach desires to have a strong bench. We are blessed to have a strong bench. We have like for like. A player gets in and his skill level is the same as the one who has gone out. That means our tempo never goes down. Some teams are very unfortunate to have very good players in the starting line up but once they are out the output somehow diminishes. For us, the bench has been our weapon as it works well for us, ” he added.
Change of tact
In the finals, the bankers allowed their hosts that come back in the game but would eventually turn out as victors. The coach revealed that they quickly unraveled their undoings and a shift in the game plan won them the match.
“We are Lionhearted we always play to the final whistle. When we were trailing we looked at the time and notice we had 32 minutes to save the situation. Our mistakes were offloading unnecessary, we were knocking the ball like Oliver did it when the try box was at his reach. We were attacking at the centre and our forwards were beings stopped by Kabras forwards but we realized when the ball went wide it was easy to gain valuable ground. We told them that and they changed fast and were able to gain more ground. And match like this can be won by points it’s not a must we get a try, we got more as we could, I feel Kabras would have done the same when they had an early penalties but elected to go for line outs instead of points which would have piled up,” he concluded.
KCB now shifts focus in the new season and the 7s season which will commence in July.