Team officials,players steer off KRU spat

By francis marangu
May 14, 2021
  • Kenya 7s team players on arrival at the JKIA from London.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

The Kenya sevens team jetted back into the country on Tuesday afternoon with team officials and players keeping off from commenting on the fate of their head coach Mike Friday.

Friday has been making headlines since Monday when wrangling within the Kenya Rugby Board, KRU, saw him sacked and then reinstated.

KRU chairman Mwangi Muthee, who was with the team in London, was conspicuously absent when players showed up at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Team manager Steve Sewe and physio George Odhiambo were the only members of the technical bench who accompanied the players.

KRU Chief Executive Officer Jack Okoth, the only top official from the Union at hand to receive the team, did not speak to the press.

Sewe steered clear of the issue saying he has not yet received any communication from the Union concerning the matter.

“I am not in a position of saying anything concerning that issue. I think the Union is better placed than I am since I am their employee like the coach.”

Players guarded on comments

He said that members of the playing unit still regard Friday as their coach and are looking forward to working with him closely ahead of the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

“We are actually expecting him back by the end of this month to lead our World Cup preparations. As far as we are concerned, everything is okay,” he said.

Players were also reluctant to discuss the matter including captain Andrew Amonde. “There is nothing like that. I am hearing it with you for the first time,” he responded when queried over the controversy surrounding their coach.

On their outing, Amonde said they had no excuses for performing poorly in Glasgow since they failed to play as per their game plan.

He, however, lauded the fighting spirit within the team that saw them finish fifth overall with 99 points.

“The World Series is very competitive and we gave our best considering we had very many young and inexperienced players.”

The team’s focus now shifts to the World Cup preparations and Amonde only fell short of saying they are rearing to emerge victorious

“Winning the World Cup is possible for us. We only need the players and coaches to work harmoniously coupled with good preparations.”

The team will take a break before beginning preparations by the end of May for the Rugby World Cup to be held in Russia later in June.