Charles Cardovillis has spoken for the first time since his abrupt sacking as Kabras Sugar head coach on May 30, 2018, a year into his three-year contract.
The former Kenya 7s and 15s star moved to the Western side in May 2017 as head coach till mid 2018. He exclusively reveals that a 'text message' brought all that to an abrupt end, and that is all the communication he has received from the club to date.
"I received a text message and nothing else. No one apart from players have been in touch." he said
Cardovillis joined Kabras at the start of 2017/2018 season going ahead to win the national sevens circuit, reach Kenya Cup final and Enterprise Cup semifinal and says he considers the season a 'good one'.
"I considered it a good first season. Won the 7s series, losing finalist in the Kenya Cup and losing semi finalist in Enterprise Cup. I believe it was a good one as I was able to introduce a more attractive brand of rugby."
After doing that, obviously Cardovillis did not expect to be sacked. He told Raga House that he had already started planning for 2018/19 season and even met the management. "Obviously not." When asked if he saw the sacking coming.
"You would expect some sort of communication if there was something they were not happy about. What's funnier is that I had met the Chairman the week before and we had looked at the preseason and upcoming season plans."
"I sent the players a message through their players forum, telling them what has transpired and wishing them well. I have promised them a proper farewell."
During his time at Kabras, Cardovillis recorded a 76% win rate in the Kenya Cup and only lost three matches. To Homeboyz and KCB twice(one in the cup final).
"Like every job there are hurdles. The less said about the one at Kabras, the better."
He is yet to make a move after leaving Kabras as he says he's taking "my time out. Weighing my options as I focus on my personal business and family."
"Kabras was a really good experience. I enjoyed the peacefulness of Kakamega. The team has great potential, some really good talent. I wish the players well."
Before heading to Kabras, Cardovillis was the director of rugby at Kenya Harlequins and this development comes a time Quins are looking for a coach. He does not rule out a potential return to Quins.
"Once a Quins, always a Quin. For now I will support them from the sideline and offer any support that they will require."
He says he will remember the Kabras players and fans.
"The players. It should not be taken for granted what those boys go through and can pull off performances like that. I take off my hat to those men. Also, great fans. They should keep, keeping on. They don't know hoe much their presence and support at games really raises the spirits of me as a coach and the team. They will always have a special place in my heart."