Kenya Simbas head coach Paul Odera has resigned from his post moments after his men’s poor outing of Hong Kong in the final game of the 2023 Rugby World Cup Repechage in Dubai.

Going by his resignation statement, Odera has owned full responsibility for Simbas’ failure to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“Sadly, we have failed to qualify for the World Cup and I take accountability for the on field results. However, a national team’s results have more than one measurable besides the head coach. There are others who are also accountable and responsible for a sustainable financial strategy, building a high performance environment, arranging competitive fixtures and creating a pathway for players from the grassroots to the Simbas,” the tactician pointed out in his resignation statement.

He further stated; “I cannot say whether my leadership or coaching of The Simbas has been good or bad. This judgment I leave to the players I coached, my coaching staff and those who have been intimately involved with the team,”

“However, what I do know is that I gave everything to serve the country. I looked into the future and came up with a vision to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in France in 2023,” the coach added.

Paul Odera has been the head coach of Kenya 15s national rugby team for the last three years.

The Simbas missed a ticket to Rugby World Cup through the initial African qualifier after losing to Namibia in the final of the Africa Cup.

The only escape route remaining was the four-nation repechage tournament where the Kenyan men bottled all their three matches, leading to Odera throwing in the towel.

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