4.6m Government rewards for Kenya 7s and 15s teams

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 02, 2021
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta receives the flag from the Kenya Rugby Sevens Team led by senior player Lavin Asego(3rd right) during the flag returning ceremony at State House, Nairobi.(Photo:Courtesy)

The Kenya sevens and fifteens sides were hosted at the state house Nairobi on Friday, by His Excellency the President, Honourable Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Sevens side was returning the flag that was handed to them before a successful World Cup campaign last month. The fifteens side was presenting to the president the recently won CAR and Elgon cups.

The President honored the pledge he made to the sevens team by awarding a token of Ksh.1.7 Million.

His Excellency went on to award the fifteens with a 2.9 Million bonus for their triumphs in the CAR and Elgon Cups.  

President Uhuru Kenyatta lauded the teams’ great performances. “Our rugby teams have acquitted themselves most admirably on their outing, and continue to get better at the sport.”

On his part the KRU Chairman Mr. Mwangi Muthee thanked the President for receiving the sevens team before they left for Moscow and inviting them back to state house. Muthee pointed out the President’s gesture of donning the Kenya sevens jersey as a wonderful one, and one that created worldwide awareness.

“That wonderful gesture when you put on the Kenya Sevens rugby jersey and became just another player reverberated round the world. You created awareness of no bounds about the team and our country. I heard it discussed all over Kenya and abroad.”

The chairman saidunion will sit down to pick a replacement for the sevens coach Mike Friday from a list of 15 top class candidates. He assured the President that the coach will be a highly motivated person residing in Kenya and that they will be making an announcement in good time.

Muthee outlined the plans in place to ensure that the fifteens side qualified for the World Cup in 2015. He mentioned that the union is in talks with the South African Rugby Union for the team to train in South Africa and take part in a professional league there next season.

“The Road to the buildup and qualifiers of the World Cup next year up to May 2014 will cost the union a total of Ksh.54 Million. Kenya is also bidding to host the Confederation of Africa Qualifiers 1A in Nairobi because as we prepare well the hosting will also enhance our chances of qualifying for England and Wales 2015 World Cup.”