Two-time National 7s Circuit winning coach Paul Murunga has been unveiled as the new head coach for Kenya Cup side Kenya Harlequin.
Murunga who guided Homeboyz to 7s titles in 2016 and 2018 replaces Senegalese Amady Diallo who served one season after being appointed on a three-year contract at the start of the 2021/22 season.
“Kenya Harlequin FC is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head Coach, Paul Murunga Amunavi. Welcome Coach,” the club announced.
Kenya Harlequin FC is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head Coach, Paul Murunga Amunavi
— Kenya Harlequin (@KenyaHarlequins) May 16, 2022
The Kakamega School Alumnus says he is excited to take up the Ngong road based-side which he described as club with a sound rugby culture.
“I’m not coming to reinvent the wheel. This is a special team with some fantastic people and a great history. I’m incredibly excited to be joining a club with a sound rugby culture backed by passionate club members on and off the field and a vibrant fanbase,” he said.
Quins Director of Rugby Joel Ng’ang’a believes the new coach will add value to the side which escaped relegation thanks to a better head to head record against Impala Saracens.
“Pau has experienced some high performing rugby environment both as player and coach and will add value to the fantastic coaching team. He demonstrated that he understands what it takes to create and maintain a winning culture and how our identity is central to this, ” Ng’ang’a stated.
Pau played for defunct Ulinzi and KCB Rugby. He captained the bankers to two Kemya Cup titles and later retired in 2010. He also played for Kenya Simbas.
As a coach he led Homeboyz to two National 7s Circuit titles, won the Enterprise Cup and helped them to two Kenya Cup semi-final appearances.
At National level, he has led Kenya Under 20 7s and 15s, served as a Kenya 7s assistant coach as the side went on to win the Singapore 7s in 2016. He was handed the Kenya 7s head coach role in 2018.
Other coaches that have led Quins in the recent times include Charles Cardovilllis, Dominique Habimana, Belgian Antoine Plasman and Patrice Agunda.