NAIROBI, Kenya- The Kenya Simbas team landed in Nairobi On Monday morning from Hong Kong where they were taking part in the week-long Regal Hotel Cup of Nations.
The team’s headline partners, leading bookmakers SportPesa, welcomed the Simbas with a hearty breakfast at a local hotel to merely congratulate the team on their efforts in the just concluded tournament.
Joan Obwaka, head of PR and Communications at the leading gaming platform, was present and said a few words of encouragement and appreciation to the Simbas squad.
“On behalf of the SportPesa team, we want to congratulate you for your hard-work and continued effort when flying the Kenyan flag on the global scene.
“We want to reiterate that we are committed to the development of rugby and sports as a whole and we are proud to be moving forward with you as our partners,” Joan remarked.
The Simbas were without head coach Jerome Paarwater though were led by the assistant coach Dominique Habimana and team manager Wangila Simiyu.
“I want to thank the CEO of the Kenya Rugby Union, the players and our partners SportPesa.
“Our Lions did their very best to represent all of us as a country out there and for that we are very proud,” Simiyu told SportPesa News.
Unfortunately, the team lost all three matches against Chile, Russia and the host nation Hong Kong.
The entire rugby fraternity has opted to pick the positives as they prepare to contest rugby events at the world stage, also in preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Yes, it was tough out there. The boys have seen what we need to do to improve on what cost us and we have chosen to make that our main focus.
“There is a lot of homework to be done and it can only be achieved with the continued partnership by SportPesa and the dedication of each and every one of these players,” Simiyu continued.
The team manager further went on to thank Hong-Kong for a job well done with the hosting and for the lessons learned.
“I would like to thank Hong Kong for the terrific tournament and the lessons we as a team picked up have helped us understand that making it to the world cup will not be a walk in the park.
“Kenya has played a historic 11 Test matches this year and we are grateful for the opportunity. There is no time to rest and I repeat there is a lot of work to be done,” he concluded.
The team will now enter a series of training camps in and out of the country to ensure that they are well oiled and conditioned ahead of the World Cup qualifiers next year.