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Jalang'o's big plans for Kabras Sugar
By Eric Njiru | Thu 10 Jan, 2019 09:00

Former Kenya Rugby Union vice-chairman Philip Jalang'o is now the chairman of 2016 Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar. 

Jalang'o became Kabras Sugar chairman in May 2018 although he says he "has always been part of the club since it was formed."

He told Raga House that he has big plans for the Kakamega based side as they seek to dominate East Africa Rugby for the next couple of years. 

"We want our club to be the object of respect and admiration in East Africa. We want our teams and players at all levels to be feared on the field of play, but respected and admired for the manner in which they play and in which they accept both victory and defeat."

Jalang'o was replaced by current KRU vice-chairman Thomas Opiyo at the Union and says this gave him a chance of embracing modern era rugby.

"Rugby is in my heart, after my sabbatical, I wanted the club to embrace the modern era of professional rugby but remain focused on being an amateur rugby club striving to improve performance through enjoyment and passion."

With Kenya Rugby Union set to head to elections this March to elect new chairman for the next four years and couple of other directors, Jalang'o is asking the clubs to give the mantle to the right people.

"Clubs need to elect a candidate who is committed to the growth of the game at grassroots level."

Jalang'o says they have a squad of 56 players at Kabras Sugar for the 2018/19 season which they have started on a high winning all five matches to stay top with 25 points.

"All our players, receive allowances or scholarships courtesy of our sponsor Kabras Sugar, who we are truly grateful to, for their immense contribution to rugby. We have a squad of 56 players."

With Kenya 7s currently having no sponsor a situation that has seen some layers having rejected contracts given to them by Kenya Rugby Union, Jalang'o says "sponsors are only attracted towards performance and a product that will give them mileage. We have failed to package our products with the changing times, and failed to address the declining performance." 

Eric Njiru
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