Coach Paul Feeney to coach Shujaa in new role

Saturday, September 21st, 2019 00:00 |
Paul Feeney (centre) new Kenya sevens coach with Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Gangla Oduor and former coach Benjamin Ayimba at a past function. Feeney was appointed coach Friday. Photo/PD/Alex Njue

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Friday unveiled former Fiji Rugby World Cup Sevens winning coach Paul Feeney as its technical director.

Wikendi Sport has also learnt former Kenya Sevens boss Paul Murunga will assume a new role in the KRU set-up to be revealed soon.

The event at the RFUEA Grounds Friday was attended by KRU chairman Gangla Oduor and CEO Sylvia Kamau.

Feeney’s first job at KRU is to prepare Kenya Sevens and Lionesses for Tokyo 2020 Olympics whilst building a team to contest for the 2022 RWC Sevens, according to KRU chairman.

“This is part of our efforts to re-organise and rebuild the national rugby teams working structures and as KRU, we are determined to provide a conducive working environment for the players and management to work towards our Olympics goals, sevens series and respective world cups,” KRU chairman Oduor told Wikendi Sport.

Others in Shujaa technical bench remain unchanged, Lionesses and 2018 Africa Sevens winning and title defending coach Kevin Wambua retains his assistant coach role whereas team manager Eric Ogweno, Strength and conditioning coach Mike Shamia and the physiotherapist Lamech Bogonko all retain their roles.

“There is talent in Kenya and I want to use my skills in Super Rugby and local coaches to achieve crucial targets. My first order of business is to have meetings on the teams vision with players and technical bench,” said Feeney.

Murunga was set to complete his first year as Shujaa coach next month and will in the new dispensation assume a role that will see them work together, a new job currently in discussions with KRU board.

“I wish Paul Feeney all the best in his new role. My contract has not been terminated and I will be working with KRU on a different programme. Am still in talks and we have not finalised on a few things before the announcement,” Murunga told Wikendi Sport.

Feeney, an immediate Skills and Attack coach at South African-based Super cup side-Stormers will put his 25 years experience in Sevens and 15s versions into practice with his first African national side coach.

Murunga faced multiple challenges while serving as the head coach, the major one yet to be addressed include subsidised player salaries. He replaced Innocent Simiyu, who succeeded Benjamin Ayimba.

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