• Wind Of Change Continues To Blow At KRU

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Jun 23, 2011-

The wind of change that has been blowing through the Kenya Rugby Union is still strong and is now sweeping through the Safari Sevens management. At the weekend, Owiro Asiko, a long-serving tournament director resigned. No mention has been made of Roger Bebbington who has been serving as treasurer. 

For quite sometime, accounts and running of Safari Sevens - which is a different entity from KRU since it is a privately registered entity - has drawn mixed reaction during the KRU Annual General Meeting. Already, the immediate past chairman Richard Omwela handed over the reins of the Safari Sevens chairmanship to the new KRU chairman Mwangi Muthee.

According to the organisers, this year’s tournament will be on November 4-6. Myke Rabar, a new KRU Board member is the new chairman of the SS organizing committee.  Other members of the organizing committee are Terry Adembesa, the KRU Finance and Administration Committee chairman and Paul Nyamodi, chairman on the Competitions and Member Services Committee.

 “The dates suits the Safaricom Sevens 2011 attracting top teams in Nairobi,” said KRU Chairman, Mwangi Muthee. "The HSBC IRB (Interanational Rugby Board)  Sevens Series open with Queenland’s Gold Coast round in Australia on November 25-26. Therefore we hope to attract the circuit’s core teams from Europe and the Americas to come and tune-up here."

The Rugby World Cup 2011, beginning on September 9, will also have come to an end on October 23, so the  Safaricom Sevens 2011 does not clash with any international rugby dates. The local organising committee said preparations were in full swing and that they will be announcing the teams as they sign up.

It is unlikely that this is the end of the changes at the KRU as Mwangi vowed to ‘sweep clean’ the Ngong Road office and ‘restore’ normalcy. Already, Auka Gecheo, the past immediate General Manager  has left the set up and replaced by Barbara Kokonya in an acting capacity.

KRU Development Manager Fred Ollows was targeted but after the reported pending ‘sack’, he has been spared for the moment. 

But, Sportsnewsarena.com can authoritatively say that national seven-a-side coach, Benjamin Ayimba is not in good books with the current leadership. Strathmore University coach Mitch Ocholla is being groomed to take over from Ayimba who had promised to step down in 2012. 

Earlier this week, the KRU Board was forced to go back to the drawing board after clubs resisted a move to increase the number of Kenya Cup teams to 11. Western and Coastal Regions are expected to field teams in next season’s league but clubs deemed this as unconstitutional citing the relevant sections of the KRU Constitution which must be amended first.    

 

Eric Odanga

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