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Andola leaves South Coast Pirates
By Eric Njiru | Tue 19 Jun, 2018 11:54

Kenny Andola has announced his resignation as South Coast Pirates head coach after three in-charge of the Kwale County based side. 

Andola's statement was released on Tuesday by South Coast Pirates who now embark on the process to replace him. 

"I am aware of the needs of the project(South Coast Pirates) now. We have set the basic structures for the club to thrive. My aim in SCP has been achieved and I can now call it a day. I am also aware of the constraints on the course." 

Andola saw South Coast Pirates conquer the Coast Nationwide league in 2015 alongside Mombasa RFC and went ahead to compete at the KRU Championship, second tier of Kenya Rugby.
"In October 2015, we set out on an interesting journey. I accepted to work with SC Pirates as head coach. My beginning remark was "... of great essence is to have a great club culture with a good feeder system that taps the best talent throughout the region through a set pathway. That will be our bare minimum to the road to a Championship side." 

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Pirates finished eighth at the 2017/18 KRU Championship to retain their status for 2018/19 season that kicks-off in November.

"Looking back we have more than achieved that. We have been able to put together from a rugby team to a rugby club. We have transformed from an unknown coastal league playing team to a nationally known team."

"I have enjoyed the time here being part of the most of the trans-formative phase of the team. We are now a fully accredited member of the KRU with voting rights."

"From an initial squad of 27, the team has a good stable squad of 78 players in its register. The profile of the players is amazing as we now have players with the attributes to positional roles that can be relied upon. It was during this time that we have witnessed players feeds into the National U20 side with the likes of Charles Tendwa and Ramtu Hassan being a mainstay for two years amongst a host of 11 others." 

Andola has been coaching South Coast Pirates as well as playing for Kenya Cup champions KCB. In 2017, he played for Kenya Simbas as the fly-half. 

"The team(Pirates) can independently run their tournaments for posterity and scout talent. Saturday 26 May 2018 was the highlight of all this efforts when we had over eighty players in session for a camp that served as a scouting chance for the team." 

"We have morphed from a single team SCP, to SC Buccaneers and now an age grade team and a girls team. All this is in the backdrop of playing competitively in the Championship league for two seasons and in the nationwide."

"It has been a great challenge. The club deserves more commitment and must have a full time coach henceforth. I have my life away from Diani and cannot offer this." 

"It's a chance for someone else to bring in new ideas and take SCP to the next level, the Kenya Cup."

Eric Njiru
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