Photo Credits: Arigi Obiero
Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Richard Omwela has told Kenyanstar that the resignation of Kenya Sevens Strength and conditioning coach Ian Gibbons yesterday was not a Surprise. In an exclusive interview for the Kenyanstar of the week Column, Omwela confided that his board was most likely going to fire Gibbons had he not resigned ultimately terming the resignation as ‘inconsequential.’
"It [the resignation] does not come as a surprise at all. We have had several unresolved issues with him and we were nowhere close to getting a common ground" Said Omwela. "In fact if he had not resigned we would have sacked him." he added.
“Look, he was quoted just before Wellington saying how unfit our team is, but it is his job to ensure the team is up to the required fitness levels before any competition." Lamented Omwela. "We have asked him to try and spend more time with the team but to no avail. He stays in London and would for instance insist on flying in on Thursday when the team is flying out for a competition on Sunday, So what time will he spend with the team." Added a visibly irritated Omwela.
Omwela noted that current head coach Innocent Simiyu would have to double up his efforts and also take up more duties as the union worked to find Gibbons replacement.
“The burden definitely falls on the head coach Simiyu to also take up the fitness responsibility as we scout for a replacement. We call upon qualified Kenyans to apply for this job because we believe that they can deliver,” Omwela said.
KRU through the statement below yesterday confirmed Gibbon’s departure;
Kenya Rugby Union Statement On Ian Gibbons
The Kenya Rugby Union wishes to confirm that Ian Gibbons has stepped down from his role as Kenya Sevens Strength & Conditioning Coach. We wish to thank him for his service during his time with the Kenya Sevens set up and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
The Kenya Rugby Union is in the interim making arrangements to fill the S&C role and will make an announcement in due course.