Odera quits Simbas job after Hong Kong defeat

Odera quits Simbas job after Hong Kong defeat
Paul Odera

He tendered his resignation just moments after the Simbas finished the 2023 Rugby World Cup Repechage in Dubai in last place following a 22-18 defeat to Hong Kong

Paul Odera has resigned as Kenya Simbas Head Coach. 

He tendered his resignation just moments after the Simbas finished the 2023 Rugby World Cup Repechage in Dubai in last place following a 22-18 defeat to Hong Kong in their last match on Friday. 

The tactician said in his resignation letter, “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 and creating a pathway for players from the grassroots to the Simbas.”


“It has been three years since I accepted the offer from the Kenya Rugby Union to coach the team. It has been an interesting journey with challenges and highs and lows. Such is the nature of sport and the game that we love, rugby.  If it was too easy, we wouldn’t know the joy of achieving our goals and the pleasure of knowing we worked hard to make them happen,” he added. 

Odera, who took up the coaching job in 2019 after coaching the Kenya U20s to the Barthes Cup win and World Rugby Junior Trophy qualification that year further said, ““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.”

He further added, “I also want to extend special gratitude to the “Friends of Simbas” A group of dedicated Kenyans who agreed to come together to support my tenure as the U20 Coach and also as the Head Coach of the Simbas. They have made huge personal and financial sacrifices; true rugby people. Chairman Dicky Evans of Hemingways Collection, Philip Kiriyazi and The Hildana Lodge, Rick Ashley, Billy Coulson, Sally Pettipher and Joel Karubiu. “

“To the Kenya Rugby Union Board and the Chairman, Oduor Gangla, thank you for the opportunity to coach the Simbas in a unique environment that has stretched my coaching, leadership and management skills,” said Odera in his resignation letter.