Training hard, belief, consistency and teamwork is the reason behind Koyonzo High School Rugby team’s rise, says coach Oscar Okaron.
Koyonzo won the Kakamega County Schools 7s title after scoring a try in sudden death to see off spirited Mukumu 15-10 on 7 March at St Peters Mumias Grounds. The victory saw them claim the County title which was held by St Peters who finished third in National and East African games last year.
Part of winning squad
Okaron was part of Kakamega School starstudded rugby team in 2009 and 2010 and later returned to assist the technical bench in 2011-13. In 2012 and 2013 Kakamega enjoyed a two-year unbeaten run and scooped all the trophies available.
He is now assisting the Koyonzo technical team and he says their recent improvement in performance is a culmination hard work that started three years ago. He has lauded his charges for sticking together and believes taking part in many tournaments has helped them improve their game.
“The boys have really worked hard, they believe in themselves and teamwork inspired them to win the County 7s. The secret is consistency, the players have been training together for the last three years and have played in many tournaments. We respect opponents but we have no mercy. In 2019 we took part in the Prescott and reached the final but suffered a narrow loss against a side that went on to win the East African title (Kakamega High). The performance served as a confidence booster to the boys,” Okaron told Scrummage.
Though Okaron feels they should take a game at a time, he is confident that his charges can go all the way and qualify for the National games in 7s for the first time.
“We have really prepared and we will be targeting to win the Regionals and qualify for Nationals. We might also surprise people and qualify East African games. As it has been the norm, teams that qualify from Kakamega County go all the way. If we manage to get to the Nationals then we will be targetting the top three slots which will guarantee us a place in the EA games” he concluded.
The schools preparations and sports calendar have been disrupted by the outbreak of Corona as the School have been asked to close. The Western Region matches were scheduled to kick off this week in Busia.