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Paul Odera denies resigning from Kenya Simbas job

Paul Odera has denied tendering in a resignation letter as announced by Kenya Rugby Union on Tuesday.

Kenya Rugby Union in a statement stated that the coach who took over in 2019 had resigned from the post with his resignation being accepted and wished him well.

However, Odera a Barthes Cup winner with Kenya Under 20 says he is surprised by the statement by the Union. He revealed to the Nation Sport that he will be meeting KRU on Wednesday to chat more about the resignation issue.

“I have not resigned from my role as the Head Coach of Kenya Simbas and I’m surprised by the statement from the KRU Board that it has accepted my resignation,” Odera told the paper.

“We need to have a few conversations on this with the Union because I have not resigned nor submitted any resignation letter. I will meet with the Union officials tomorrow (July 28) to find out what is going on.”

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.

Photo courtesy/Mwamba Media

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