Nairobi - Kenya fired their national coach Jerome Paarwater on Monday after five years in charge during which he came close to leading the country to a maiden Rugby World Cup appearance.
The Kenya Rugby Union gave no reason for the sacking of the South African, who helped oversee the revival of the struggling team, nicknamed the Simbas, or Lions in Swahili.
Under his leadership, Kenya lost to Zimbabwe in the final match when needing only a point to qualify for the 2015 tournament in England.
"Jerome has been a key influence for the Simbas, guiding the team up the world rankings," the KRU said.
Kenya are ranked 30th in the world according to the latest World Rugby rankings.
The Kenyan union team is yet to match the success of their Sevens squad, which has emerged as one of the teams to watch in the World Rugby Sevens Series.