24 January 2013

Kenya: Bamburi Super Series Reconstituted As Franchises Earn New Names

The 2013 Bamburi Super series has been reconstituted with existing franchises being renamed. All six Kenyan franchises have adopted Swahili names. Ngong Road sides Impala, Total Nondies and Lunch Bar Quins will form the Swila (Cobras) franchise.

Previously, Quins were paired with Nakuru RFC and the move is likely to attract competition for places from the three sides. Quins have been accused of sidelining Nakuru players in the past two seasons. Rhinos are the most successful team in event's 10-year history, winning a record six times.

Nondies and Impala formed the Cheetahs franchise and won the tourney three times. Mwamba, KCB and Homeboyz will combine to form the Simba (Lions) franchise while Menengai Oil Nakuru, Egerton University, Moi University, Eldoret and Kitale will form the Ndovu (Elephants). The Universities franchise will now be known as Kengewa (Hawks), previously known as Sharks.

Kisumu and Kakamega will form the Kiboko (Hippos) previously known as the Western Buffaloes while the Coast franchise will be called Mamba (Crocodiles).

The coaching staff for all the franchises have already been selected. Kenya under-19 coach Paul Murunga will coach Swila assisted by John Mbai.

Paul Odera will coach Simba assisted by Impala coach Innocent Simiyu while Kenya 15s assistant coach Dominique Habimanma will head Ndovu assisted by Kenya women's Sevens coach Kevin Wambua.

Charles Ngovi will coach Kengewa assisted by Frank Ndong while Nakuru coach Eric Situma will take charge of Kiboko, alongside Enos Otieno. Charles Cadovillis takes over Mamba assisted by Oliver Onyango.

KRU vice chairman, Sasha Mutai takes over the mantle of organising committee chairman, replacing long serving Aggrey Chabeda with George Mbaye taking over the tournament director's docket from Herbert Mwachiro.

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