Former Lioness coach Shamiah slams Union over Paarwater exit


Kenya 15s head coach, Jerome Paarwater. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com
(FILE)Kenya 15s head coach, Jerome Paarwater. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

Former Lioness head coach Mike Shamiah has slammed the Kenya Rugby Union over the sacking of South African Jerome Paarwater as head coach of the national rugby 15’s.

The Union on Monday said in a statement that they had released the tactician bringing to an end a five-year working relationship.

However Shamiah believes that there is more than meets the eye in the sacking, maintaining that the Union was unable to effectively facilitate Paarwater for his endeavours.

In a statement, the board acknowledged Paarwater’s significant contribution to the Kenyan rugby and in particular to the Simbas coaching and management team since his arrival in late 2012.

 “As a coach there are some things you need, then you find most of the times (KRU) are unable to deliver leading to the resignation of a coach,” Shamiah said.

“KRU should put their house in order now that they have two sponsors. They need to have a pathway, upgrade facilities and even the playing grounds .The league need to be improved as well plus the officiating which is very poor. Generally all those things are supposed to come up to world standards,” Shamiah observed.

Shamiah who is the KCB strength and conditioning coach believes that the Western Province (South Africa) coach has brought a lot to the Simbas in his stay with the team.

Former Kenya Lionesses head coach Mike Shamiah addresses the media at the RFUEA Grounds on March 30, 2016. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com
(FILE)Former Kenya Lionesses head coach Mike Shamiah addresses the media at the RFUEA Grounds on March 30, 2016. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.

 

“Paarwater was bringing a lot of ideas which have succeeded inside and outside South Africa, so I believe we need somebody who is open-minded and a father figure to the boys. With those three things, we will go forward,” noted Shamiah.

Asked on who should replace the veteran coach, Shamiah equipped: “Different coaches have different approaches and Kenyan coaches can match up the foreign tacticians but I believe it’s only the job of the union to choose because even if a Kenyan coach takes up the job and everything is the same, the result will still not change.”

Paarwater leaves the team six months before the 2019 World cup qualifiers set to be in June 2018.

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