Philadelphia Olando is head coach of Emirati Women’s Rugby

Philadelphia Olando has been a prominent figure in the Kenya Sevens Women’s Team for over a decade.

The Sevens star is now looking to level up her career by testing out coaching, and not just any team, but the Emirati Women’s Rugby team.

“I’m looking forward to bringing the best ever I can” said Olando in an interview.

The United Arab Emirates Rugby Federation welcomed the Lionesses Captain into their team as she was announced the new head coach.

“The move comes after careful consideration and planning to raise the women’s rugby sport by introducing our Emirati women’s teams to competitive experience that should aid their development and solidify their rugby skill sets,” said a rugby federation statement.

The UAE Rugby Secretary-General, Mohamed Al Zaabi added: “We are very pleased to welcome Philadelphia to the team, which comes in alignment with the UAE Rugby’s plan to invest in the regional and Arab competitions in the near future, surely expanding the pool of women players.”

Olando, on the other hand, expressed her joy saying: “It’s an immense responsibility that I’m very keen to take on, I’m looking forward to bringing the best ever I can, given my Rugby World Cup experience as a player and Olympian, that too gives me great push forward.”

The two-time Olympic athlete was thrilled to take on the role as she sets her eyes on Arab Rugby 7s Championship in Tunisia this February with the U.A.E team.