Kenya men’s national 15s rugby team, Simbas, head coach Paul Odera has refuted claims of his resignation.
This comes just hours after the KRU announced that the head coach had stepped down.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, 27th July, the KRU said: “The Kenya Rugby Union Board has accepted Paul Odera’s resignation from his role as head coach of the Kenya men’s national 15s team, the Simbas.
“The Kenya Rugby Union would like to extend its sincere thanks to Paul for his exemplary service during his time with the Kenya U20s and most recently, the Simbas. We wish him well in his future pursuits.
The union did not give reasons to as why Odera had stepped down.
However, speaking to Capital Sport, Odera said that he was not aware that the union had issued a statement on his resignation.
He maintained that he was still on the job.
“I have not resigned and as far as I am concerned, I am continuing my preparations with the team for the 2023 Rugby World Cup qualifiers. I am as surprised as everyone is with the statement,” he said.
Odera has been in charge of the Simbas since March 2019. He took over from New Zealander Ian Snook, who parted ways with KRU after the team failed to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.
Weeks ago, Odera had led Kenya Simbas to quarters of the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup, which also doubles as the final qualification for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.