Kenya Harlequin are set to name Dominique Habimana as the new head coach ahead of the 2019/20 Kenya Cup season.
Raga House can exclusively report that the former Top Fry Nakuru head coach has returned to Quins and it's just a matter of time before the Ngong road side makes the announcement.
This comes days after Charles Cardovillis left the head coach role. Habimana returns to Quins where he served as assistant coach after leaving Nakuru RFC in 2013. He was also part of the Quins squad that won the Kenya Cup in 2008 and Kenya Cup three peat in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Habimana, who took over at Nakuru RFC in 2013, won one Kenya Cup with Nakuru as well as Enterprise Cup and National Sevens Series circuit. He served as Kenya Simbas assistant coach between 2012-2013 and 2015-2018 to Jerome Paarwater and Ian Snook.
"It is good to be back home. I am excited to be working with the current squad. The players are hungry for more success, they are ready to put in the hard work, they want to play solid and exciting rugby," Habimana told Quins media.
"With their passion and skill they will achieve their rugby their rugby goals at Kenya Harlequin."
Quins chairman Michael Wanjala said: "We are delighted to welcome back Dominique Habimana home. Papa as he is fondly known around the club, has been a ferocious championship winning player for the club o the pitch and an intelligent championship winning coach off the pitch. We are looking forward to a very successful XVs season with him."
That’s not the only return. Former head coach Joel Ng’ang’a is back as the assistant coach joining former Kenya 7s coach Benjamin Ayimba who worked under Cardovillis.
Other assistant coaches are Joash Odhalo and Amos Agiro while Jimmy Men and Vanessa Okara are retained as team managers.
Stephane Augustin has since left the SC role to join Shamas and has been replaced by Steve Were who coached with Michael Bishop in Australia.
Gerald Omondi and Kennedy Odhiambo are the physios.
Quins reached Kenya Cup semis where they lost to eventual champions KCB.
They kick-off Kenya Cup preps at Impala Floodies on Sep 28 with the tournament’s draw set for Friday evening.