'Tank' remains Kenya coach

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NAIROBI, Kenya, February 8 – Michael Otieno will carry on with his role as head coach of the Kenya 15s team.

The former KCB tactician, who has won three Kenya Cup titles, oversaw one of Kenya’s most successful campaigns in 2010 when they went unbeaten in both the Elgon and Victoria Cup.

"I am delighted to take on the onerous challenge of mentoring the national rugby side. I will gladly be working with Edward Kinyany and Charles Ngovi, with whom we had forged quite a close working relationship, as my assistants,” said the former Kenya fullback.

“This management team will be broad based to take in the input of strength and conditioning, nutrition, medical and other specialists, in recognition of the demands of the modern game," he added.

Otieno’s side also clinched Kenya’s highest ever ranking on the International Rugby Board (IRB) standings after landing on position 31.

Tank returns to the job at a time the full game is experiencing renewed national interest following the success of the national sevens team.

Otieno’s in tray for the 2011 campaign includes plotting the defence of both the Elgon and Victoria titles in June and July , as well as a Tier 1 competition November, in Nairobi, against Namibia, Tunisia and Morocco.

 

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