The magic behind Kabras’ fairy-tale Kenya Cup run


Johnstone Mungau (with ball) of Kabras Sugar RFC is tackled by Collins Onyango of Topfry ...
J(FILE)ohnstone Mungau (with ball) of Kabras Sugar RFC is tackled by Collins Onyango of Topfry Nakuru RFC during their Kenya Cup match at the Kakamega showgrounds in Kakamega county on December 09, 2017. Kabras Sugar RFC won 30-09. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Kabras Sugar Strength and Conditioning coach Richard Ochieng says that early preparations and good organizational structures are the panacea to their fairy-tale run in the Kenya Cup this term.
  • Speaking exclusively to Citizen Digital, Ochieng disclosed that the defending Enterprise Cup champions started their pre-season three months before the kickoff of Kenya Cup last year in October and the ripple effect has been noticeable in the squad.

Kabras Sugar Strength and Conditioning coach Richard Ochieng says that early preparations and good organizational structures are the panacea to their fairy-tale run in the Kenya Cup this term.

Speaking exclusively to Citizen Digital, Ochieng disclosed that the defending Enterprise Cup champions started their pre-season three months before the kickoff of Kenya Cup last year in October and the ripple effect has been noticeable in the squad.

“In a performance, environment organization is the main thing because big teams have done a lot of things from last year with some starting their pre-season three months ahead of the Kenya Cup season,” said Ochieng.

“So everything that is happening now started way back last year which means preparation is the key to good results,” he added.

According to Ochieng, good structures attract sponsors adding that no partners will ever come to an organization that is not accountable and open to scrutiny.

“If you have good structures you will definitely have sponsors. For instance our team has a kit sponsor –  Kabras Sugar – and it gives our players motivation to play the game,” explained Ochieng.

“No sponsor is going to come to an environment where people are not accountable, so we have to account everything that we do even with the results and when the sponsor is happy he will always come back,” advised Ochieng.

Richard Ochieng, the Strength and Conditioning coach at Kabras.

 

Ochieng added that performance is very expensive, as maintaining the players at the optmimum level and good state of mental health are key if they are to do well.

He notes, to achieve this, a club has give the players  a lot of supplementation by feeding them and managing their mind to stay in the right frame to perform, and also monitoring their off-the-pitch life, tasks he admits could be draining.

Ochieng who held a similar role with Simbas together with the rest of Kabras technical bench is targeting to win the Kenya Cup trophy for the first time since 2016.

They currently lead the log with 65 points, a point ahead of KCB with two matches remaining to the end of the season.

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