Ocholla says Saracens ready for rugby restart


Ocholla says Saracens ready for rugby restart
KCB RFC and Impala Saracens collide in their third match at Kinoru stadium in Meru County.PHOTO/Philip Muchiri/Citizen.

In Summary

  • Impala Saracens head coach Mitch Ocholla says they are ready to return to action but can only do so when they get the green light from the Government and the Kenya Rugby Union
  • The Government has indicated it wants to push for the resumption of sports, with President Uhuru Kenyatta in his latest national address directing the Sports Ministry to work closely with the Health ministry to come up with restart guidelines

Impala Saracens head coach Mitch Ocholla says they are ready to return to action but can only do so when they get the green light from the Government and the Kenya Rugby Union.

The Government has indicated it wants to push for the resumption of sports, with President Uhuru Kenyatta in his latest national address directing the Sports Ministry to work closely with the Health ministry to come up with restart guidelines.

“Everything that we’re doing is according to what the government is saying during the coronavirus pandemic so basically we’re waiting for the government to give us the head way,” said Ocholla.

However the former Strathmore Leos head coach believes it won’t be easy for Kenyan teams to follow the given government guidelines given that most of them have financial crisis.

“It is good that the government is saying all players to be tested COVID-19, but how many clubs in the Kenya Cup and championship will be able to afford the testing fee? Asked Ocholla.

“Many clubs don’t have quality gyms and with teams required to train in numbers many coaches will have to spend the whole day in training which is not applicable, “he added.

Ocholla added that some players are going through tough times since the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Most of our players depended on Rugby now without action most of them are going through difficulty and have been unable to sustain the urban life forcing them to go outskirts,” explained Mitch.

Saracens were supposed to tackle KCB Rugby in the Enterprise Cup semi-finals before the COVID-19 pandemic.

All sports in the country have remained suspended since March this year when the country reported its first coronavirus case.

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