LIONS FOR SA TOUR

Kenya Cup champions KCB are set for a 10-day training camp in South Africa following an invitation from Western Province.
The camp commences June 28 to July 9.
The five time champions, who are also the holders of the Enterprise Cup title, will be using the tour to South Africa to prepare for the start of the 2016-2017 season, which starts with the national seven series next month and the Kenya Cup later in November.
KCB chairman Xavier Makuba observed the tournament will be an eye opener for the side as they seek to defend the titles won last season.
“It will be ideal for the team as we embark on retaining the two titles we won last season. We will be exposed to world class facilities and coaching and this will give us a head-start over our rivals,” said Makube.
Makube expressed confidence that the squad can retain the title won this year and probably add the national sevens circuit.
“We have a good crop of players and the desire and hunger to do it all over again is there for all to see,” he added
Makube noted the club have appealed head coach Curtis Olago’s 30-week suspension by the Kenya Rugby Union’s Independent Judicial Committee and a new hearing date will be set soon.
The bankers filed the appeal on Friday and KRU convened a session a day later under the Appeal Panel headed by Edward Rombo.
Olago, KCB team manager Ronnie Kangeta and secretary John Ojara attended the hearing that had CEO Ronald Bukusi and Martin Ngunjiri from KRU.
Elsewhere, former Strathmore team manager Fahad Adil has joined Kenya Cup rivals Mwamba. Fahad, who also doubles up as Samurai International liaison and team manager, arrives at Railway Club after five years with the Leos.
He said he was excited to join Kulabu as he looks forward to a successful spell with his new employers. “It wasn’t a tough decision to make since I have close ties with this club through various players and staff. I want to help Mwamba win trophies and reclaim it’s glory,” he said.
He also revealed that he will be working closely with the management in nurturing and mentoring young players both on and off the pitch.
“We want to ensure that Mwamba players are successful both on and off the pitch. We shall have mentorship programmes to help in guiding young players. Our other focus is to ensure that players maintain high levels of discipline, the only pathway to success,” he added.
Fahad has cultivated a close working relationship with Mwamba Rugby Club through Samurai International. Mwamba is a partner club with Samurai.

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