South African coach and utility back among new faces at Kabras

Kabras RFC players in a apast action. Photo Courtesy CMONY Images

South Africa Coach Qondani Carlos Katywa and utility back Vuyo Mbotho are among the new faces in Kabras RFC camp ahead of the new season expected kick-off on Saturday.

Katywa has worked with the side for the past few weeks in preparation for the season. Reports from South Africa state that he parted ways with Rhodes Rugby Club to take up an assistant coaching role.

The Scrummage understands Katywa has been working with the forwards at the Kakamega-based side, a role previously held by former Kenya Simbas forwards coach Dominique Habimana whose fate is unknown.

Habimama was handed the forwards coaching role following the exit of Zimbabwean Head Coach Mzingaye Nyathi and helped the side reach a Kenya Cup final.

Carlos Katywa while at Rhodes photo Courtesy/Grocott’s Mail.

Katywa, played for Graeme College earning over 50 caps, and also represented Eastern Province. He had a short stint in England and returned to SA where he joined Sharks Academy.

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He also played for Rovers Rugby Club before calling it quits. He has coached Border U/19 and U/20 teams, the University of Fort Hare before joining Varsity Shield side Rhodes where he has been served as Head Coach since 2017. He will link up with his fellow countryman Jerome Muller who is the Head Coach.

Mbotho, on the other hand, is expected to join the backs. The club is expected to head into the new season without Kenya Simbas centre Bryceson Agesa Adaka who is out after a shoulder surgery and Mbotho is expected to be part of the midfield department.

Vuyo Mbotho in a past action. Photo Courtesy/Ghana admission

Mbotho can be deployed on the wing and at fullback. Before coming to Kenya he played for Border Bulldogs, Griffons and SWD Eagles where he made over 150 appearances.

Steve Sakari Sikuta is also expected to complete a move to the side. He trained with the side before traveling with Kenya Simbas to South Africa.

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