Kenya’s participation at the Rugby World Cup Sevens helped cool down several issues which had threatened to raze the Ngong Road-based Kenya Rugby Football Union.
Now that attention on the Sevens team is considerably reduced after Mwangi Muthee, the KRU chairman said there will be no changes on the technical bench, the immediate task is to focus on the 15’s team which was due to leave for Madagascar on Sunday for the Africa Rugby Confederation championship.
Administratively, there are two key issues which could be the agenda for the KRU Board. One of these is a possible suspension of the Women’s Elgon Cup tie which Uganda reclaimed by beating Kenya.
Impeccable sources from the KRU intimated that an incident involving two players has put KRU and URU on the spotlight.
Both Unions have been hush about the issue although the social media has been abuzz which prompted the KRU to release a statement saying that the player’s wishes for privacy should be respected.
Our informant however confirmed that KRU suggested that the senior competition be suspended and be replaced by an under-19 competition until the ‘tension’ between the current players is resolved.
There has been a heated exchange between both teams for the second year now arising from a fatal accident last year.
Enos Otieno, the Kenya women’s XV coach confirmed there was an incident which he said was being handled by the two Unions.
Doris Mwanzia, the Kenya team manager also acknowledged there was an incident but did not give details. Both players have declined to comment on the incident when contacted by Sportsnewsarena.com.
We however obtained a detailed report from a witness who was at the match who said the off the pitch brawl could have been an extension of what had happened during the match.
A statement from the KRU read: The Kenya Rugby Union confirms that an incident away from the field of play took place in Kampala on Saturday 22 June 2013 involving a player from the Kenya Lionesses and other individuals .
With the key priority being to ensure the player’s safety and well being, she was airlifted to Nairobi and admitted at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital on Sunday 23 June and has responded well to treatment and since been discharged to go home.
The union would like to ensure the public that this matter is being addressed with the seriousness it deserves and due action will be taken once investigations by both the Kenya and Uganda Rugby Unions are completed.
We do request that her privacy be respected.
Individual Sponsorship on the spotlight
The Elgon Cup aside, KRU also sent a press statement ‘warning’ clubs about making individual sponsorship deals with television companies because they were on the verge of signing a broadcast deal.
Understandably, KRU got a sniff of a plot by some clubs to approach another broadcaster for sponsorship and therefore issued the statement.
A two-paragraph statement by Jack Okoth, the KRU secretary and acting CEO read:
“The Kenya Rugby Union is on the verge of signing a lucrative deal to televise all content generated from its various products (national squads and local league/cup competitions).
Anyone looking to enter into television broadcast negotiations with other parties must seek the express authority of the Union to do so.”
Although this could be new, KRU had a standoff with some clubs at the start of the season.The clubs had threatened to form a parallel league.
In Soccer, one of the top clubs AFC Leopards was forced to cancel a TV deal after the Kenya Premier League threatened them with expulsion from the league.