Strathmore Leos Head Coach Louis Kisia believes KRU Championship sides need to invest more in strength and conditioning.
Promoted sides from KRU Championship have had it rough in the top tier and only Kabras and Menengai Oilers were able to keep with the competition levels in Kenya Cup after promotion since 2014. Eight sides that were promoted since 2014 ended up being relegated at the end of the season.
Where the difference lies
Kisia has a had a privilege to coach in Kenya Cup (Mwamba) and Championship and when asked where the disparity lies between the two-tiers, he picked the understanding of the game, experience and conditioning as the main areas that separate the two tiers.
“I will put it frankly, Kenya Cup and Championship are different ball games. Kenya Cup is very explosive with very conditioned boys who know the sport. For Championship, they are young lads who have just cleared high school and haven’t gotten accustomed to gym training and conditioning,” Kisia told the Scrummage.
“They are a bit weak, and they can’t match the games that are played in the top tier. The championship at some point is a bit lacklustre, the boys are either sceptical that they don’t want to take chances or they stick to the game plan too much,” he pointed out.
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The coach has called on KRU Championship sides invest in the strength and conditioning coaches who will help the players be on the same level with their fellows in Kenya Cup. He admits that both tiers have great talents that can serve the nation.
“We still have a long way to go, but it is not too late. I’d encourage the championship sides to invest in the strength and conditioning. They should get a qualified SnC who can give the boys the right techniques and workouts that will enable them to be at par with those in the top division.”
“In terms of talent, we have it on both slades. I have seen top talents in all the teams I played against in the Championship. I could pinpoint one or two players who are impressive or showed the potential to become very good players in Country,” he stated.
Strathmore had a good run in Championship winning all their 16 games and collected 76 out the possible 80 point.