Kenya Simbas Head Coach Paul Odera resigns

Kenya Simbas head coach Paul Odera has resigned from his role, Kenya Rugby Union has confirmed.

Kenya Rugby Union announced Odera’s resignation via a statement on their website. They however did not specify the reason behind his resignation.

“The Kenya Rugby Union Board has accepted Paul Odera’s resignation from his role as Head Coach of the Kenya Men’s National Fifteens Team, The Simbas,” reads a statement by KRU.

“The Kenya Rugby Union would like to extend its sincere thanks to Paul for his exemplary service during his time with the Kenya U20s and most recently, the Simbas.”

“We wish him well in his future pursuits,” it concluded.

Odera was appointed as head coach in May 2019 taking over from  Ian Snook who parted ways with Kenya Simbas after the Repechage campaign in France where they finished bottom and failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The former Under 20 boss was unveiled alongside Jimmy Mnene (Team Manager), Ben Mahinda (Team Physiotherapist), Edwin Boit (Team Analyst), Michael Owino (Strength and Conditioning Coach) and Albertus Van Buuren (Backs Coach).

He led Kenya Simbas to retain the Elgon Cup and a second-place finish in the 2019 Victoria Cup. Odera then guided Kenya Simbas in the 2021 Rugby Africa Cup Pool B matches where they side finished second after one win. The side has qualified for the quarters and will face Uganda.

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