Kabras Sugar coach resigns

Tuesday July 07 2020

Kabras Sugar Rugby Club coach Henley Du Plessis (right) and assistant coach Edwin Achayo during their training session on May 16, 2019 at Kakamega Showground. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Ayumba Ayodi

South African Henley du Plessis has resigned as Kabras Sugar Rugby Club coach.

Du Plessis, who was still remaining with one season to his contract, indicated that he has decided to leave owing to some family reasons.

“But I will be coming to the country occasionally when Covid-19 eases since I still have some programs with Kabras Sugar Rugby Club,” said Du Plessis, who left the country last month.

Du Plessis, who led Kabras Sugar to the 2018/2019 Kenya Cup final in Kakamega and to top the regular 2019/2020 before Covid-19 halted the playoffs, said he has enjoyed every moment in the country.

Kabras Sugar Rugby chairman Philip Jalango has confirmed Du Plessis’ departure and commended the South African for setting high standards of coaching at his team.

“Every moment was special for me and I would like to thank all the players and the management at Kabras Sugar for giving me the opportunity,” said Du Plessis. “I am sure I contributed something and whoever will take over will uphold the standards.”


Du Plessis, who took over the club in August 2018 said he has had good moments in Kenyan rugby but beating Kenyan Cup champions KCB Rugby for the first time 19-3 in November last year was his best with the club.

“It was special not only for me but the players. We had only lost to them the previous year and we were really determined to lift the Kenya Cup year but Covid-19 happened,” said Du Plessis in a telephone interview.

Du Plessis said his lowest moment was when they lost to KCB Rugby during the 2018/2019 Kenya Cup final 23-15 in Kakamega on May 18, last year.

“Actually, I had two lowest moments. Beside that final is when we lost to Homeboyz 20-17 before the Christmas break last year,” said Du Plessis.

Kabras Sugar, the 2016 Kenya Cup title holders, currently top the Kenya Cup standings with 74 points, drawn from 16 wins and one loss. KCB Rugby are second with 71 points drawn from 14 wins, a loss and a draw.

“We really wanted him to finish his term but there is nothing we can do but wish him well. We still have some engagements for him and we will be seeing him occasionally in the country,” said Jalango.