Former Zimbabwean test player Kennedy Tsimba who really made a name for himself in South Africa as a creative flyhalf wearing the colours of Free State, has been appointed to the position of Director of Rugby here at St Alban’s College, with effect from 1 January 2016.
Kennedy’s skills and speed made him one of the most exciting players in world rugby and he still holds the record for the fastest to 1000 first-class rugby points scored in South Africa, achieved in 2005. He won the SARU Player of the Year award on four occasions.
According to the St Alban’s College (Pretoria) newsletter, after hanging up his boots, in 2010-11, Tsimba was Technical Advisor, Attack Coach and Kicking Coach for the Super Rugby Cheetahs squad. It goes on to mention the following:
In 2012, Kennedy founded Rugby Without Borders, a rugby development programme based in Rustenburg. He also took up the position of 1st Team Coach, Academy Manager, and Elite Player Performance Manager. Under his leadership, the Impala Rugby Club won the Cell C Community Cup (which replaced the National Club Championships) in 2014 and were runners up in 2015.
Kennedy holds an IRB Rugby Level 2 Coaching qualification and a Diploma in Sports Management. He was inducted into the IRB Rugby Hall of Fame in 2012. He has his own rugby show on SABC and was the main anchor of the SABC World Cup coverage this year. He will continue with his TV work.
Kennedy is excited to be joining the College and is particularly excited by the role that St Alban’s intends to play in rugby development and transformation in the Tshwane region. Kennedy will also work closely with our Director of Sport, Craig Hoyer, in launching a new rugby development and bursary programme at the College.