Shamiah replaced as Kenya Lionesses coach?

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Feb 03, 2016
  • Kenya Lionesses are due to resume training this week for Hong Kong Sevens and the Olympics.

Mike Shamiah, coach of the Kenya Lionesses has been replaced by Aschein Klein.

On Monday, Sports News Arena learned of the change which appears to have been made without the blessings of Oscar Mango, the Kenya Rugby Union Director in charge of squads or the KRU Board. The post was not advertised.

This development comes when the team was due to start training this week with the Olympics in mind. Also, the women's league is expected to start at the weekend.

It is uncertain that the women's team will start training on Tuesday as scheduled at either the Rugby Football Union of East Africa ground or Lenana School.

According to a letter from the KRU, a squad of 30 players had been identified to start training with Kenya Lionesses who have been invited for Hong Kong Sevens. The squad was expected to be trimmed to 21 after three sessions and then to 16 after three weeks.

The 'change' of coaches at Kenya Lionesses is another page in the power play emerging from KRU headquarters on Ngong Road ahead of next month's Annual General Meeting where posts of up to five directors are up for grabs.

Sports News Arena learned the forces which forced the resignation of KRU employees now target three more. Top on their list is the CEO and Chief Financial Officer. Klein is expected to be named as the KRU Director of Rugby replacing Michael 'Tank' Otieno who resigned.

In March, some of the posts to be filled are that of vice chairman (Philip Jalang'o), secretary (Dennis Ombui), treasurer (Gabriel Ouko resigned), Moses Ndale, Penina Wahome (resigned in her term). Maurice Masiga who resigned was a co-opted director.