Paarwater adds Currie Cup winning coach, Labeeb to Simba's bench

By alex wafula
Nov 03, 2017
  • Levy Labeeb has been incorporated by Jerome Paarwaters as a backs coach. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Jerome Paarwater, the Kenya 15's coach has incorporated backs coach Levy Labeeb into the technical bench ahead of the Hong Kong invitational tournament next week.

Labeeb was part of Paarwater’s Currie Cup title winning technical bench and the South African tactician is confident he will add value to the team.

“He has a lot of experience and will have a huge impact on the team. He is taking a few things off my shoulders and with his experience on the technical aspect of the game, he is a great addition. He has been with the team several times; players know him and the value he adds,” Paarwater explained.

He will add on to the expertise of Dominic Habimana who has been deputizing Paarwater and acting as the forwards coach.

The tactician says in the build up to next year’s World Cup qualifiers, having as much help as possible is vital to ensure the team is prepared across all departments.

The team will be leaving for Hong Kong on Monday for the four-nations invitational tournament. They will play against the hosts, Chile and Russia in matches that Paarwater said are crucial ahead of next year’s qualifiers.

The coach named a strong team travelling to Hong Kong, mostly seen as the core side that will do duty in the qualifiers. The only big miss in the squad is fly-half Isaac Adimo who Paarwater said was dropped because of discipline.

“It is unfortunate for Adimo and we had to drop him because he was not doing program the way we wanted him to do and he was not being disciplined enough. He is a quality player and we will have a chat with him and try get him back on track and back into the mix,” the coach explained.

In his place, Paarwater has called in two fly-halves who he says have enough quality to replace Adimo.

Adema returns from injury

Nondies’ Biko Adema returns after recovering from injury while Nato Simiyu has been handed a call for the first time in almost one year.

KCB’s Peter Kilonzo as well as the Starthmore duo of Alex Olaba and Elkeans Musonye have been handed first tour debuts. All three played against Hong Kong when they toured earlier in the year.

The team is set to travel to Hong Kong on Monday and will start their campaign against Chile before playing Russia and the hosts.

“I think the toughest match for us is going to be Russia because they are big strong boys. We are going there with three different strategies and hopefully they work well and we win. We have played Hong Kong already this year and they beat us so we have a few scores to settle with them,” Paarwater stated.

The coach has insisted the team will play their hearts out being their final assignment of the year especially with their eyes fixed on the Japan World Cup.

Kenya missed on an opportunity for the 2015 showpiece after a narrow loss to Namibia and the players and coaches say they have learnt from their mistakes.

Said Paarwater of the World Cup chances: “This is my sixth year with the team and the journey has been a steep learning curve. We want to take up all the lessons we have picked along the way and improve. I am confident we can qualify for this World Cup.”

Kenya squad to Hong Kong

Forwards: Moses Amusala, Peter Karia, Martin Owillah, Oliver Mang'eni, Curtis Lilako, Davis Chenge, Oscar Simiyu (KCB), Wilson K'Opondo (Kenya Harlequin FC), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Joshua Chisanga, Philip Ikambili (Homeboyz), Dennis Karani, Erick Kerre (Impala), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore University).

Backs:  Samson Onsomu, Leo Owade, Vincent Mose, Nato Simiyu (Impala RFC), Jacob Ojee, Peter Kilonzo, Darwin Mukidza (KCB), David Ambunya, Lyle Asiligwa (Kenya Harlequin FC), Biko Adema (Nondescripts RUFC), Alex Olaba (Strathmore University), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz).

Management: Jerome Paarwater ( Head coach), Dominique Habimana (Assistant coach), Richard Ochieng (Strength and Conditioning coach), Levy Labeeb (High Performance Consultant), Christopher Makachia (Physiotherapist), Wangila Simiyu (Team Manager).