A KCB hooker George Asin
KCB hooker takes up cycling to meet fitness target
By Eric Njiru | Tue 02 Jun, 2020 15:16

Hooker George Asin believes Kenya Cup champions KCB's eye is still on the big prize and dominance in Kenya Rugby.

Asin’s KCB had qualified for Kenya Cup semis before suspension due to Covid 19 on March 14 by the Ministry of Health.The suspension has allowed Asin to concentrate on cycling -which he considers his second favorite sport after rugby- in Nairobi.

“Rugby comes first then cycling, during the season, Mike Shamiah (KCB Strength and Conditioning coach) is strict on the KMs I cover because he avoids me wearing out and being fatigued. I always do above 50kms on every ride,”

“I started cycling after my ACL surgery because of excess thigh muscle loss after advice from Victor “macho red” Ngure. I am a side-stepping hooker and so I need to have strong legs to carry my 115kgs,” he laughs.

“My game post-injury has been rough. After a knee surgery a lot of other minor complications show up. Had ACL surgery, then after my comeback, the meniscus on the same leg got messed up. Third game against Quins I pulled my hamstring after going in for less than a minute and to be honest it was embarrassing but I have been working hard behind the scenes.”

Asin hopes to be fit when and if Kenya Cup returns to help KCB to a fourth consecutive league title.

“I hate the fact that the league had to pause especially immediately after the one-week camp we had. I doubt the league will resume soon because rugby is a contact sport and we are being told to practice social distancing. I think guys have to take this thing seriously.”

“The KCB management under Curtis Olago and our captain Curtis Lilako take winning seriously. We don’t play to lose any game. So yeah, if the league resumes, we want to win everything contestable.”

Asin doesn’t plan playing for Kenya Simbas again due to up to three reasons. “I question the selection criteria and I have a season or two to go before I call it quits. I also don’t have that hunger anymore, I just want to concentrate on my club rugby and mentor upcoming hookers like Griffin Musila, Brezzeneve Owiti, Wassea Wilfred Mark and others.”

KCB's last Kenya Cup game was 22-all draw with Homeboyz Rugby - a side, alongside Kabras Sugar, Asin considers to be in form and a challenger for the title.

"Both teams are on form I give them that. I don't care who we face on any final because after the final whstle we will be heading back to Thika road with the cup singing and dancing. Take that to the bank haha."

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