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Kennedy Tsimba
NORTHAMPTON - FEBRUARY 11: Kennedy Tsimba of Cats kicks a penalty during the tour match between Northampton Saints and Transvaal Cats played at Franklins Gardens on February 11, 2003 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mike Finn-Kelcey/Getty Images)
Born (1974-07-23) July 23, 1974 (age 47)
Old Marimba Park Suburb
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)

Kennedy Chiedza Tsimba (Zimbabwean pronunciation: Shining Light; born 23 July 1974) is a 2012 World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee, South African professional Rugby coach and former player who is the current Director of Rugby at St Alban's College in Pretoria.

Tsimba made his professional debut playing at the inaugural Rugby World Cup 7's in 1997 after which he signed his first professional contract with the 1998 European Champions Bath Rugby Club. It was at the South African based franchise Free State Cheetahs that Tsimba made his name as a world-class player, and he became one of the best players of his generation. Tsimba became a prolific point scorer and South Africa's fastest player to score 1000 points in all competitions (Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup and Super Rugby) He won Currie Cup, Vodacom Cup and Super Rugby titles. Tsimba won Vodacom player of the year in 2000, Free State Sportsman of the Year 2001 and Currie Cup player of the Year 2003 in his 6 year spell at the Bloemfontein based team.

In November 2005, after 6 years with Free State Cheetahs he transferred the Blue Bulls Rugby Union for an undisclosed fee. He was part of the club's historic SuperRugby success as part of a star studded squad. In 2008, he rejoined FreeState Cheetahs in a deal where he would appear for Griffons on loan where they won the Currie Cup 1st Division - Tsimba then claiming the 1st Division Currie Cup Player of the Year before retiring in 2010.

Coaching Career

After retiring Tsimba transitioned into coaching and was appointed as an assistant coach with the FreeState Cheetahs SuperRugby team in 2011 before assuming the role as Coach of Rustenburg Impala 1st team and Head of Academy.

Impala went on to win the South African Community 2 out of 3 finals in a row while Tsimba was part of the club. His technical ability and recruitment strategies were a key component to the Clubs raise to the top of South African Clubs.

In 2016 Tsimba moved into the very competitive South African Schools Rugby market in joining Pretoria based school - St Alban's College as Director of Rugby and 1st Team Coach

Television Work

After retiring Tsimba was invited to join the SABC 2007 and 2015 Rugby World Cup team as a Rugby Analyst. He is now currently part of the African broadcaster Kwese ESPN rugby team.