NAIROBI, Kenya, January 13 – Impala RFC head coach Erick Situma has been handed a permanent role as a Regional Development Officer at the continental body, Rugby Africa.
The former Kenyan international, who led champions Top Fry Nakuru to their maiden Kenya Cup title in 2013, will be in charge of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Rwanda, Burundi, Ghana, Nigeria, Swaziland, Malawi and Lesotho.
“In 2013, Rugby Africa appointed three Regional Development Officers, namely Erick Situma, Mohamed Dermouni and Charles Yapo on a part time basis. Following their excellent work over the last year and a half, Rugby Africa then decided to commit them full time as of 1st January 2015,” a statement on the Rugby Africa website read.
Situma who has wealth of experience in the game, having won a league title with Impala a decade ago, is tasked with overseeing Rugby Africa’s 2nd and 3rd tier competitions in the region.
He will also manage the Get-Into-Rugby project; programs related to school and university rugby, offering technical assistance to non affiliated members of World Rugby as well advocate the growth and development of the women’s game within his designated region.
Former Morocco international Dermouni, will take charge of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde while Ivory Coast’s Yapo will be in charge of Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Niger, Chad, Gabon, DR Congo, Congo and Guinea.
On Monday, another Kenyan, former Super League Star Lucas Onyango was confirmed as Strength and Conditioning coach for Mancunians for the 2015 season.
Onyango, who recently completed a Masters degree in Exercise and Sports Science with Manchester Metropolitan University has experience on the coaching staff at Salford Red Devils and Oldham Roughyeds.
The former University of Nairobi’s Mean Machine player was part of the 2002 national 7s team at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.