Odera explains the blend he wants for Simbas


Odera explains the blend he wants for Simbas
Mohammed Omolo (L) of Simba is tackled by Hamdi Michri from Tunisia during their Africa Gold Cup at the RFUEA Ground on August 12, 2018. Kenya won 67-0. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Odera picked 102 players for the camp, who will be narrowed to 50 and later to a final list of 30 players.
  • He revealed that they have created a database of players in Australia, South Africa, England and the local based to ease selection process.

Kenya Simbas head coach Paul Odera says he will blend experienced players with the young players ahead of their Rugby World Cup 2023 qualifiers against Senegal on July 3 in Nairobi.

Speaking after concluding their second training session over the weekend at the RFUEA grounds, Odera expressed confidence the  blend will help pay direct dividends.

The coach also noted the experienced players will come in handy in giving the rising stars the confidence they need in the international arena, having called a considerable number of foreign based ones.

“I want to blend the type of players we have in Kenya because we have our settler community who play rugby from when they’re very young and those who start off a bit late and they are not as skilful. The experienced players help the younger players to grow fast,” said Odera.

He revealed that they have created a database of players in Australia, South Africa, England and the local based to ease selection process.

“We use data to be able to select the best players across the world because we’ve players all over the world playing professional rugby. We thus had to  so we had to set a data base and a system of analysis so that the best players represent the country,” said Odera.

Odera picked 102 players for the camp, who will be narrowed to 50 and later to a final list of 30 players.

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