Treu takes Rugby Sevens reins
21 October 2013, 18:32
Nairobi - Paul Treu, the former South African Sevens team coach, officially takes over as the local Sevens team coach today but the appointment of the technical team has reportedly been met with discontent from some circles.
The highly-rated mentor takes over from Felix Ochieng who has held the job on an acting capacity for some time.
Sources close to the Kenya Rugby Union indicate that the new coach will pocket a whooping KES 1.2 million ($13 793) while his assistant and countryman, Vuyo Zagqa will earn with KES 720 000.
The strength and conditioning coach, Graham Bentze, will pocket KES 680 000.
However, the new signings reportedly might not go down well Humphrey Kayange, the former country skipper who had been promised the deputy slot.
Sources further indicate that the new South African-born head coach, Treu had suggested that that Dr Karen Schwabe, a sports and science consultant, be brought on board but that was not possible due to financial constraints.
“She will still be involved although not on permanent basis. She is part of the team that the Kenya Rugby Union need in their wider programmes to revolutionize the sport in the country,” said a source.
The new technical team is expected to take the game to revive the team’s fortunes starting with the forthcoming Dubai Series that has again pooled Kenya with their longtime rivals New Zealand.
Kenya recently lost to Zealand in the completed Australian Gold Coast Series at the finals that drenched the players’ spirits.
– CAJ News