KRU puts defaulting partner on notice

By the punter
Apr 28, 2017
  • Tatu City renewed their partnership as KRU threatened to break ties with another partner. (SNA. File Photo)

The Kenya Rugby Union could have put one of it’s partners on notice after failing to honor contractual obligations.

Sports News Arena established the partner failed to remit two installments of $70,000 (Ksh. 7,140,000) each.

Richard Omwela, the KRU chairman declined to comment. He said contractual obligations are confidential.

But, the popularity of rugby, especially an increase in test matches for the 15’s team has sparked an interest from new partners. At the moment, KRU is considering bids from media entities interested in acquiring broadcast rights.

In the meantime, Tatu City continued their partnership and announced a sponsorship of KSh. 5 million for the Kenya 15's rugby team.

This positions Tatu City as the official Test Series sponsor and Test Match sponsor for the fixture between Kenya and Germany on May 27, 2017, in Nairobi.

The sponsorship is part of Tatu City's long-term plan to improve and develop sports in Kenya.

Stephen Jennings, the founder and CEO of Rendeavour, the owner and developer of Tatu City, lauded the efforts being made by the Rugby Union and other parties towards sports development in the country.

"We are pleased to be playing a pivotal role in this endeavour and wish the 15's team the very best during the test match."

Omwela, the KRU chairman said the sponsorship was timely and would be a major boost as the team prepares for the World Cup qualifiers.

Ronald Bukusi the Kenya Rugby Union's CEO further added, "The KRU looks to professionally constitute a Rugby World Cup Committee that will draw from the expertise of the partners to provide a collaborative approach to the campaigns success.”