Kenya: Lionesses Head Coach Terms Sinaida’s Retirement a ‘Big Blow’


Nairobi — Kenya Lionesses head coach Felix Oloo has termed flanker Sinaida Aura’s decision to call time on her rugby career a big blow, but remains confident the team can find a suitable replacement.

Aura who represented Kenya at the Rio Olympics announced she was retiring from the sport after six years to concentrate on personal matters.

“It’s a big blow and we will miss her. But as we said sometimes back, we are creating a situation in the team whereby even if a certain player is out of team, the team will still be able to perform well,” Coach Felix Oloo stated.

Aura has been a core part of the Kenya Lionesses squad, making history to win the African Cup as well as qualification to the Olympics in 2016.

“Saying goodbye to the sport, is tough, hard, and is going to be a big change for me, but a challenge that I’m excited about and I look forward to,” Aura said in a long post on her social media handles.

She added; “I have been lucky to have exceptionally brilliant and strong people behind me moreso my wonderful husband who has been there literally through thick and thin since my journey in the sport begun and I’m thankful we both have peace of mind over this decision.”

Oloo will now have the task of building a replacement but is confident that there is enough cover in the team.

Meanwhile, the tactician has named one debutant in his team that will head to Spain for a series of high performance training matches, funded by World Rugby and the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) in preparation for the Tokyo games.

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