Cricket Kenya give a cold shoulder to Kwibuka Peace tournament in Rwanda

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jun 10, 2021
  • Uganda will be in Rwanda after Kenya failed to honor the invite.

The annual Kwibuka Peace tournament will have a new champion this year after Cricket Kenya opted not to send a team to the event which Kenya won last year.

CK cited late a late communication by the organizers and lack of players as the reason of Kenya’s failure to travel to Rwanda to defend the title but Sports News Arena (SNA) has exclusively learned CK gave the tournament a cold shoulder.

The event which is held in memory of the people died in the Rwanda genocide starts this weekend in Kigali.

Josephat Githinji, the CK General Manager confirmed to Sports News Arena Rwanda's communication  was late. The GM added that they also didn’t have the players to take part in the event as most of they could not have been released from their working place and schools.

He attributed the just concluded World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in April as one of the reasons why it was not possible to assemble a team.

“Zimbabwe tour meant employers and schools were getting it tough to release them again. Eight of the players are U19 and in school in Nairobi and Nakuru and it won’t be good for them to miss school again this term,” he stated.

However, SNA has learnt that CK knew earlier about the tournament but chose to ignore it. By winning last year, CK were aware but chose not to communicate to the players and the team management until days to the tournament.

Kenya included in the fixtures

Fixtures released by the organizers had Kenya opening their title defense against the hosts before taking on Uganda in their second match.

After the team had been kept in the dark over the tourney, the players only came to know of the event on social media. “After winning the tournament, we were guaranteed that we will be defending the tournament but there was no word from CK regarding it and we thought that it won’t be there.

We just came to know about it when we saw posts from Uganda on social media and opted to ask,” a senior player in the team who sought anonymity told SNA. The player said that CK promised to come back to them with answers and the answer was negative.

“When the team came from Zimbabwe, we were assured of the Rwanda tour but everything went silent. We stopped training until last week. As far as I am concerned, they had information but there is a reason on why they opted not to send the team,” the source said.

Contrary to Githinji’s sentiments that by having the team take part, players who are in school will miss schools once again this term, the qualifiers were over April holidays and the players were not out of school.

Last year, while Uganda sent their U19 players Kenya sent a strong side for the event and it was expected that they will be sending a junior side to the event with the hope of building a side that will take over from the senior players.