Oilers boss Weru interested in Simbas job


Kenya Simbas players react after loosing to Germany during the Tatu City Series test match ...
(FILE)Kenya Simbas players react after loosing to Germany during the Tatu City Series test match at the RFUEA Grounds on May 27, 2017. Germany won 30-29. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Menengai Oilers coach Gibson Weru has declared interest in the vacant job post left by Jerome Paarwater at the national rugby 15s side
  • The KRU announced it would ‘soon’ announce a new Simbas boss the federation has yet to name a successor

Menengai Oilers coach Gibson Weru has declared interest in the vacant job post left by Jerome Paarwater at the national rugby 15s side.

Weru cited his qualifications and Championship track record as he seeks to replace South African Paarwater who was relieved from his duty in December last year.

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) announced it would ‘soon’ announce a new Simbas boss at the time of his dismissal but the federation has yet to name a successor.

“To be honest I have the right qualifications to head the national team, but that’s for KRU to decide. This doesn’t mean I am not committed to my team; I still have a goal to achieve with my boys and that’s what matters for now,” Weru told Citizen Digital.

Under the tutelage of the soft-spoken tactician, Menengai are unbeaten in 28 games this season and enjoyed a barnstorming run in the national sevens circuit where they finished sixth in the overall standings.

Weru admitted he is saddened by the current state of affairs at the KRU amid reports it had called upon volunteers to officiate top flight matches following a pay row with referees.

“Player safety is paramount and once you allocate unqualified officials to officiate such crucial games then it’s unfortunate. We need qualified officials who understand the game,” Weru remarked.

The Kenya Rugby Referee Society downed their tools after a dispute over allowances and have been out of action for the past four Match Days.

Oilers are currently leading the Championship league unbeaten in all games they have played so far leaving them hot favourites to earn top flight promotion.

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