KCB backs Coach Dennis Mwanja addressing KCB players in at Kabeberi 7s, PhotoCourtesy of AllOut sports

KCB coach comments on 2019/20 season cancellation


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KCB assistant coach Dennis Mwanja says he is disappointed that the season could not come end but admits players safety is key and it would have taken time to start off again even if the COVID-19 curve flattens.

There were only three rounds of the knockout stage remaining before the Kenya Cup season ends and KCB had already qualified for the semis.

Four in a row 

The Bankers were in the race for the fourth straight Kenya Cup title. Another win in finals would have seen them join the likes of Impala and Nondies who have managed to win four Kenya Cup titles in a row. They will, however, wait for the new season with the 2019/20 season having been cancelled by Kenya Rugby Union.

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Mwanja states that with the decision made, all they can do as coaches is to wait for the time when they will be given a green light to start off again.

“There is nothing much we can do. Of course, as a coach am disappointed but it is beyond me. As a coach players welfare and safety is important because we have lost several players in the recent past under unclear circumstances. The Governing body has the final say and looking at the bigger picture even if the curve flattens we wouldn’t have started off immediately. It would have taken time meaning the other seasons would be affected,” he told Scrummage.

Support teams

The coach has suggested that the Union should now look for a way to support teams in the second and third-tier financially to cushion them from financial struggles come next season.

“We had invested more and sponsors wanted returns and we had a lot to gain as a team (KCB) if the season could have ended. I also feel for teams that had worked hard and invested a lot in fight for promotion to Kenya Cup and Championship. The way forward is that the Union should show good spirit by finding a way to subsidizing expenses for the teams in the lower leagues or give them a token.” He added.

KCB finished second in the regular season amassing 71 points.

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