NEW ROLE

Sevens legend Osir appointed new Impala head coach

He will also develop the club’s overall rugby plan including a player-development plan.

In Summary

• Osir’s role will be coordination and handling club related matters relating to competitions, identify additional coaching capabilities required and leading the recruitment processes.

• Osir said they have started pre-season training and with several players transitioning, he could not give his targets for the upcoming season, which starts in November.

Quins scrumhalf Lyle Asiligwa prepares to pass the ball against Impala during a previous encounter
Quins scrumhalf Lyle Asiligwa prepares to pass the ball against Impala during a previous encounter
Image: FILE

Kenya Sevens legend Oscar Osir has been appointed Impala Saracens head coach.

Osir had distinguished playing career for the Sarries between 1994 and 2006 — winning four Kenya Cup titles, three Enterprise Cup titles and several national Sevens tournaments as well being the country's third-highest try scorer in the World Sevens Series.

He takes over from Mitch Ocholla, who left the Ngong Road giants at the end of last season.

Osir’s role will be coordination and handling club-related matters relating to competitions, identify additional coaching capabilities required and leading the recruitment processes.

He will also develop the club’s overall rugby plan including a player-development plan. He will also be responsible for the team’s overall performance in all competitions.

Osir said they have started pre-season training and with several players transitioning, he could not give his targets for the upcoming season, which starts in November.

“It’s early to start talking about playoffs or winning the Kenya Cup. Our squad for the upcoming season will be a mix of some of the established players and players from our academy,” added Osir.

The Ngong Road side, who have won the league 10 times, have had a lean spell recently, winning their last league title in 2009 and last final appearance in 2016, where they lost to Kabras.

Osir attributed this to lack of sponsorships and player movement.