Kabras Head Coach Henly Du Plessis says they are disappointed that the season will not be played to the end but has termed the decision to cancel the season important in the angle safeguarding the players and other stakeholders.
The tactician had led Kabras to another impressive run in the regular season topping the Kenya Cup log for the second time in their history. They were awaiting the winner of the quarter-final clash pitting Impala-Mwamba and a win in the semis would have seen them reach the final for the sixth time in a row.
The side was also in the race to retain the Enterprise Cup and Mwamba Cup having reached the semis in both competitions. Their dream was however cut short after the Union cancelled the season on Thursday due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are disappointed for the season to end this way but like the Union said it is important in terms of safeguarding players and other participants. We were working hard towards winning the title,” Du Plessis told the Scrummage.
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Though his players’ efforts have gone unrewarded this season, the South African boss insists that the cancellation will not affect the players mentally. He believes his charges are still eager to bag the title which they last won in 2016 under Mike Bishop.
The coach views this break as important to his players and a chance to refresh ahead of the 2020/21 season. He says players will be allowed to continued resting and spending time with family during this COVID-19 period.
“I don’t think it will affect the players heading to the new season even though we were determined to go all the way and we proved it last season in the regular campaign. The Kabras players are keen to achieve more and I think this extra break will be crucial for them since they have played more rugby in the last two seasons. I think it will help prepare them mentally and physically for the 2020/21 season,” he stated.
“We just want to give them a normal break for them to relax and spend time with family. As you know it is a tough time across the world. We will start training later and the preseason will be tough since it will be longer. You have to be careful not to make players tire before the new season” he added.
Kabras had amassed the 74 points for another season in a row.
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