Edward Rombo, the first Kenyan to play professional rugby, has been appointed head coach of the Kenya Rugby League Federation.
The appointment of Rombo, an internationally-accredited rugby coach with more than 30 years experience in both Rugby Union and Rugby League, takes effective immediately.
Rombo, 53, was the first Kenyan to play Professional Rugby League when he signed up for Leeds RLFC in England.
During his International stint he also played for Dewsbury and Featherstone Rugby League clubs.
Rombo is expected to lead the league’s national team programme in collaboration with Giving Rugby Foundation and to provide technical support to the federation’s development side in the area of skills and defense.
“As a pioneer rugby league player from Kenya, I am happy to play my part in ensuring the sports takes root in Kenya and have a strong national team hoping to take part in the future world cup,” Rombo, also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya said.
KRLF development partner, Give Rugby Foundation, has embraced and welcomed the new development. Sisye Elon of GRF says this now moves Rugby League in Kenya to the next level and world class stage.
Rombo added: “League is a more simple game version and my philosophy would be to utilize our natural running abilities and keep the ball alive as much as possible.”
According to KRLF Chairman Nyakwaka Adhere, the league is glad to have a resourceful individual of Rombo’s caliber whose wealth of experience will inject the much needed impetus to the infant Rugby League in the country and region.
Rugby is currently on a break in Kenya but once games resume, should the country the Covid-19 is contained, Rombo will be able to pick his squad during the a domestic league set to feature 10 clubs during which the national team will be picked by a team selectors.
Rombo who started his rugby at the Nairobi School, then coached the University of Nairobi’s Mean Machine, will then guide the side in a test match against South Africa later in the year.
Rombo has also served as Kenya Sevens assistant coach and team manager between 2003 and 2008.
He has also served as the Kenya Rugby Union director between 2010 and 2012 besides acting as Mwamba RFC assistant coach between 2009 and 2010.