KRU CFO and Sevens team manager shift blame

By the punter
May 10, 2021

Fred Yida, the Kenya Rugby Chief Financial Officer and Eric Ogweno, the Kenya Sevens team manager are blaming one another after some players' visas were delayed.

The delay which has been caused by a financial bureaucracy at KRU saw Frank Wanyama, Bush Mwale, Sam Oliech, Eden Agero and Dennis Ombachi remain behind with Sammy Njogu when the rest of the team left on Monday.

Darwin Mukidza, Augustus Lugonzo, Andrew Amonde, Nelson Oyoo, Derrick Mayar, Billy Odhiambo and Brian Tanga traveled together with Ogweno, Innocent Simiyu, Webster and Lameck Bogonko left on Monday.

But, without a whole squad, Simiyu who took the players through their paces in Nanyuki during a camp has not been able to effectively train the team until the players left behind arrive in France for the ninth tournament of the World Rugby Sevens World Series.

Andrew Amonde, the team's captain said as much in an interview with Sports News Arena from Paris on Tuesday. "When do they arrive and get ready to play? Nothing much can be done now. Let's wait for the boys to arrive and see how things will turn out," Amonde said.

The captain did not mince his words about the predicament because Kenya has been drawn in a tough pool. "It has not been easy with the absent players."

What complicated the travel plans was caused by a delay in processing United Kingdom visas for the penultimate round in London. Our informant said a financial bureaucracy in paying for the visas was the cause.

"The financial procedures at KRU delayed the visa applications because the CFO has instructions from particular board members when it comes to financing any activity. The payment for the visas needed to be done at once. He made it difficult."

Reference was made about a similar scenario when Kenya 15's team were delayed when traveling to Brazil.

The rest of the players were supposed to have left Nairobi on Tuesday night but will now leave today (Wednesday). 

Squad: Darwin Mukidza, Andrew Amonnde (KCB), Nelson Oyoo (Nakuru RFC), Derrick Mayar, Sam Oliech (Impala RFC), Frank Wanyama, Eden Agero (Kenya Harlequin FC), Brian Tanga (Kabras Sugar), Augustine Lugonzo, Bush Mwale (Homeboyz), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba RFC), Dennis Ombachi (Nondescripts RUFC)

Officials: Innocent Simiyu (head coach), Eric Ogweno (team manager), Sammy Njogu (strength and conditioning), Lameck Bogonko (physiotherapist), Webster (analyst).