Why 15's players were dropped

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
May 03, 2021
  • Twins Joseph and James Kang'ethe are some of the key players who have been dropped from the new-look Kenya 15's side. (SNA. File Photo)

Senior players for the national 15’s team who petitioned the team’s management about outstanding allowances were dropped to avoid a scenario where such players could hold the KRU at ransom and decline to play in scheduled matches.

Last week, the management released a squad of 36 players with 13 new players. Sports News Arena authoritatively established the players’ claims from individual sources who have a good knowledge of how the team is run.

“The players were just asking for their rights and what was promised to them,” the source disclosed.

Whenever there is a grievance, the players meet and collectively present such issues to the management through the team captain and some senior players. In the event that the management are unable to resolve such issues, they forward the same to the KRU Board through the Director incharge of squads.

Our source said this was done and the management instead of listening to the grievances gave the players an ultimatum.

“We thought that by using the laid down procedure to air our grievances, we were doing the right thing. Unfortunately, this was used to victimise us. No dropped player was even called and the reasons for dropping explained,”one defiant player said.

Because of the contentious method used to drop some of the players, others declined to play for the national team in solidarity with some of their colleagues who were been dropped.

Assessment of players

To validate the dropping of the players, an assessment was made on each individual on a points system. These included technical abilities and their overall form and contribution to the team. It is not clear if the players were made aware of this assessment.

Among some of the key players who have been left out were Edwin Achayo, Nick Baraza, Max Adaka (Kabras Sugar), James and Joseph Kang’ethe (Kenya Harlequin FC), Curtis Lilako (KCB), Sammy Warui (Nakuru RFC) and Brian Nyikuli (Strathmore University).

Fingers are pointed at one official who appears to wield enormous powers to single-handedly select the team and replacements disregarding the input of the KRU selectors.

A former coach said the official stretches his duties and appears threatened by anyone who cares for the betterment of the players.

Past players who have been part of the system talk of a hostile environment where they are unable to freely express themselves and voice their rights even if it is done through the established channels.

In the recent ‘reshuffle’, players learned of their fate in the social media with no official communication from the team’s management or KRU. In the meantime, the noose could be tightening on the head coach, Jerome Paarwater.

It is alleged the KRU Board is being convinced a local solution could save the Union a lot of money.

SNA contacted the team's management and KRU for a comment but got no reply.

The squad

Forwards: Moses Amusala, Davis Chenge, Peter Karia, Oliver Mang’eni, George Asin, Oscar Simiyu, Martin Owila (KCB), Dennis Karani, Simon Muniafu, Eric Kerre, James Kubasu (Impala), Wilson Kopondo (Quins), Edwin Machanje (Mwamba), Bramwell Mayaka, Philip Ikambili, Emmanuel Mavala, Steve Otieno (Homeboyz), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondescripts), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore University), (KCB).

Backs: Samson Onsomu, Leo Seje (Impala), Biko Adema, Benjamin Marshall (Nondescripts), Dennis Muhanji, Patrice Agunda, Isaac Adimo, David Ambunya (Quins), Darwin Mukidza, Jacob Ojee, Kenny Andola, Peter Kilonzo (KCB), Tony Onyango, Kelvin Masai (Homeboyz), Brad Owako (Mwamba), Alex Olaba (Strathmore University).