Kenya Commercial Bank Rugby Club pays tribute to Michael “Tank” Otieno who coached the team to three straight Kenya Cup titles in 2005,2006 and 2007. These three league titles were the culmination of a steady rise that started in 2002 when “Tanji” arrived at the Lions Den in Ruaraka, transforming the KCB Lions from league also rans to title contenders, transforming players like Arthur Shikwe, Derrick Wamalwa, Edwin Alubaka and Anthony Ogot into national team mainstays.

The rise and rise of KCB

The 2002 season began on the worst possible note, KCB falling 30-26 to newly promoted Kenyatta University Blak Blad in a Kenya Cup fixture that also served as the first ever Kenya Cup tie to be played at the Lions Den. Two more losses to Nondies and Quins had everyone thinking that it would be another season spent fighting relegation but “Tank” changed all that by introducing training sessions on Sunday morning which though punishing, served to physically and mentally condition the players.

The Lions would win their remaining six fixtures, finishing third overall at the end of the Kenya Cup group stage, earning themselves a semi final berth against Kenya Harlequin FC. A dominant first leg display wasn’t enough to stop the team from going down to a 9-8 loss in the first leg but “Tank” urged the team on, urging them to have self belief. His words stung to the core and a 27-15 win in the second leg saw KCB qualify for their first Kenya Cup final on a 35-23 aggregate. A 14-3 loss to Impala a week later dampened the celebratory mood that hung around the Lions Den as KCB would finish second overall.

The Lions would finish the 2003 Kenya Cup in third place before coming agonizingly close to winning the 2004 Kenya Cup, going down 21-17 to Impala RFC in a pulsating final. They would avenge this defeat by inflicting a 33-5 defat to Impala in that year’s Enterprise Cup, the club’s first ever Enterprise Cup win. Clearly,under “Tank’s” tutelage, KCB had established themselves as a dominant force and they went on to asset this dominance by winning the Kenya Cup league title three years on the trot in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

KCB would also emerge as a competent sevens playing team under “Tank”, posting good results on the National Sevens Circuit.

“Tanji” would take a year’s sabbatical from the Lions in 2008, returning to guide the team to Kenya Cup second place in 2009 and 2010. It is instructive to note that KCB has never been out of the Kenya Cup top three since 2002.

Kenya XV Coaching duties

“Tank’ would eventually land the Kenya XV coaching job in 2007, leading the national fifteens rugby team to four straight Elgon Cup titles between 2007 and 2010, a period that also saw Kenya end a five year winless jinx in Uganda while registering a first ever win in Zimbabwe,a 23-18 result that saw Kenya complete the 2010 Victoria Cup Tri Nations Grand Slam.

Kenya Commercial Bank Rugby Club pays tribute to Michael “Tank” Otieno, the club’s most successful coach to date.

“Tanji” we wish you all the best in your future endeavors, you are definitely a part of KCB Rugby Club’s history. Thank you Coachez for all the good memories, the work ethic and discipline that you instilled in each and every one of us.

Kenya Commercial Bank Rugby Club’s honors under Michael “Tank” Otieno

2010 Kenya Cup Runners Up

Impala Floodlit Runners Up

2009 Kenya Cup Runners Up

Impala Floodlit Runners Up

2007 Kenya Cup Winners

Enterprise Cup Winners

Impala Floodlit Winners

Blackrock Winners

2006 Kenya Cup Winners

KRFU Chairman’s Cup Winners

Impala Floodlit 3rd position

2005 Kenya Cup Winners

Impala Floodlit Winners

2004 Enterprise Cup Winners

Kenya Cup Runners Up

2003 Kenya Cup 3rd position

KRFU Chairman’s Cup Runners Up

Impala Floodlit 4th position

2002 Kenya Cup Runners Up

KRFU Fair Play Award Winners