Kevin Amiani spoke to Raga House on how the Diani based Pirates have been coping with the current situation that came a few days after they survived relegation from KRU Championship.
“The first three weeks we struggled to adapt but now we are used to it,” said Amiani. “We have gym and field program; guys are training on their own or in groups of three. Those with injuries have been working with our physio.”
The 27-year-old has played 92 matches for Pirates in the Championship scoring 239 points. He made his debut in 2013 leading the team to Coast region title in 2015 and 2016.
Last season (currently suspended) was however crucial for Pirates as they needed to stay afloat in the Championship. Neighbors Mombasa were related back to the Nationwide.
“Last season we played good rugby, we missed playoff position by one point. I must say players showed positive character through out the season. The previous season we struggled to get wins but we managed to avoid relegation.”
“We had the best preparation I think we were just unlucky. The foundation we laid ended up working for us the following season.”
With resumption of sports activity in Kenya still uncertain, Pirates are looking forward to a stable season when rugby resumes whether with Sevens or 15s.
“We are planning to build enough capacity. Last season we struggled with numbers especially away matches. We looking forward to attend all sevens circuit to make sure our players get enough exposure in the shorter vision. Our man target is to finish in the playoff position from there anything is possible,” concluded the level 2 coaching candidate.