NAIROBI, Kenya, October 23- South African national Paul Treu will take up his role in charge of the Kenya Sevens team by November 1 with iconic star Humphrey Kayange joining the expanded technical bench as player-coach.
Treu will be earning a monthly net salary of Sh935,000 ($11,000) as he becomes the highest paid coach in Kenyan sporting history with other perks including first class tickets, a car, insurance as well as massive bonuses for winning Olympics gold.
The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) on Wednesday announced Treu’s management line-up including three of his compatriots with stand-in boss, Felix Ochieng, reverting to his role as assistant coach.
Vuyo Zangqa who was second in command in the South African 7s team that Treu coached until June will be the attack coach with Graham Bentz (strength and conditioning, sports science) and Dr Karen Schwabe (sports medicine) completing the South Africans with key roles in the expanded technical bench with the latter taking up her appointment in Nairobi on January 1. .
Treu and Zangqa will see their contracts with their former side lapse on October 31.
Under the deal, Treu will also receive; four economy class air tickets for Cape Town-Nairobi-Cape Town per contractual year and three economy tickets for Nairobi-Johannesburg- Nairobi per year, allowances while on the IRB Series tour and while in Kenya be provided with a car, housing, fuel, medical insurance and paid-for Wi-Fi, mobile telephone services.
On top of that, success of “Operation Rio” coming at the end of the three-year contacted period will result in healthy bonuses.
Upon the Kenya Sevens team qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games, some members of Treu’ SA technical team, for instance attack coach Zangqa, will receive $250,000 (Sh21m) net.
Upon the team winning bronze medal, Zangqa will get $50,000 (Sh4.5m); silver $100,000 (Sh8.5m) and gold $250,000 (Sh21m). The rest of the teams’ bonuses will be negotiated through the sponsors and the Government .
KRU is taking an insurance policy to cover for the bonuses. These bonuses will be paid not less than seven days after the team attains those achievements.
Kenya’s training programme resumes on November 1 and the KRU chairman, Mwangi Muthee said Treu and all his South African assistants will be in Nairobi by then.
“Some of them will start arriving next week,” he added.
Muthee finalised KRU signatures on the contracts going out to Treu and all the South African personnel stipulating monthly salaries, allowances, housing, transport, medical insurance, bonuses and other perks on Tuesday.
At the same time, he said, contracts of Kenyan staff who will be working alongside Treu and of the Sevens’ team players were ready for signing at the Union headquarters in Nairobi.
Treu will be in Kenya until 2016, as Head Coach and Performance Director for an ambitious programme aimed to climax with the country’s participation in the Olympic Games to be held in the summer of that year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dubbed “Operation Rio”, it will be Treu’s absolute target rather than regular top placing results in the HSBC World Series.
Later on, the KRU plans to engage other South African experts recommended by Treu on consultancy basis.
Dr Ross Tucker (high performance strategy, sports science and talent pathway development), Sharief Hendricks (game analysis and sports technology), Benoit Capostagno (sport science, recovery and monitoring), Tony Trad (specialist coaching, Australian touch rugby model) and Dr Kobus Neethling (mental skills and player creativity/thinking specialist) are others being eyed for roles in the side.
“With co-operation from the Government and the forthcoming Kenya Sports Institute, we shall find placing for these experts both at the Institute and in local hospitals and institutions of learning. This will be a national asset, a resource for other sports in Kenya, generally, including athletics, volleyball, cricket, football and other sports academies” Muthee explained.
Lamech Bongeri (physiotherapist) and Steve Sewe (team manager), Michael Owino and Geoffrey Kimani, the strength and conditioning practitioners, will also assist Bentz whilst George Odhiambo, formerly the team’s physio will now be in charge of the national 15s side.
The KRU has reached an agreement with Treu that local coaches and sports science experts will be able to permanently study under the Kenya Sevens’ programme.
“They will register with the KRU and will be provided with access to Treu’s training sessions. Our intention is to create a pool of local experts and that in about five years we shall be able to export abroad, expertise across the board.
“It is our intention that money and resources spent on the three-year ‘Operation Rio’ programme will greatly impact on transfer of expertise from our international partners [South Africa] to Kenya.”