Richard Omwela retained his chairmanship during Kenya Rugby Union elections held late on Wednesday pipping Sasha Mutai by just two votes.
Shujaa will start their Hong Kong Sevens campaign with a Pool B clash against Canada at 3.18pm East African Time on Friday 7 April 2017.
They will then complete their pool matches on Saturday 8 April, starting with a fixture against series leaders South Africa at 8.56am and France at 12.34pm respectively.
The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is the seventh round of the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series. Shujaa currently sit 12th on the log with 40 points.
Kenya Rugby Union aspirant for the Chairman's position, Mr. Sasha Mutai, has told Kenyanstar that he is running on a development platform and believes that his previous track record as a director and vice chairman will be sufficient for delegates to elect him.
Speaking this morning to Kenyanstar on phone, Mr. Mutai, who served as the union Vice Chairman between 2010 and 2014, has accused the incumbent, Richard Omwela, for being aloof and ignoring the plight of Championship and Nationwide clubs.
"Of course he found a bigger mess and he has created some stability. Stability is good but we need development, We need to move forward. We have not had progress for the last two years" Said Mr. Mutai. "Our Rugby needs a chairman who is hands on and not one who is in his comfort zone" He added
Mr. Mutai accused the previous regimes of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. "When I was running the Safari Sevens, It was a profitable venture, It generated revenue that would be shared by clubs but now it is on its death bed" he said. "Tournaments like the Super Series are dead and sponsors shunned rugby. So far, only Safaricom has come back but people like Bamburi are not on board" He added. "We have seen KRU directors go on expensive foreign trips at the Unions expense while Clubs are suffering back at home" Said Mr. Mutai. "These funds are meant to develop Rugby, not for leisure" He added.
Mr. Mutai has also accused the current office for poor handling of the National teams. "There is a lot of instability in the technical bench for our Sevens team. They cannot perform under such conditions. Some of them were subjected to non contractual dismissal, they went to court and won so the union has to pay them" Noted Mr. Mutai. "This is a waste of the Union's resources, and lord knows how many more court cases we are facing" he added. "We need to give more support for Kenya Sevens, How is it possible that you have been a chairman for two years and during this period you have only met the technical bench members only once?" Posed Mutai.
On infrastructure, Mr. Mutai said he planned to put up a high performance Rugby Stadium at the Kasarani Complex. "Every sports association was allocated space at Kasarani so it's time we made use of our space for what it was intended." He said. "And It is not only at Kasarani, my plan is to engage most if not all governors and work with them to put up Rugby facilities in their counties" He added.
Mr. Mutai promised to address the plight of Championship and Nationwide clubs who in his opinion had been ignored. "Unlike Kenya Cup Clubs, Championship clubs have to do a lot of travelling across counties. Unfortunately no consideration is being made for these clubs, So much effort has been directed at Kenya Cup clubs" He said. "These issues have to be addressed if we are to realize our dream of great performance by our National teams including qualification for the 2019 world cup. And i believe I'm the man to address them" He concluded.
Alexander Sasha Mutai will face off against Rajinder Sembi and incumbent Mr. Richard Omwela in a three man race for the Chairman's position. The elections are confirmed for the 22nd of March 2017.
In a previous Interview with Kenyanstar, the Incumbent Richard Omwela had confirmed his candidature but stated he would not campaign and instead would allow the clubs judge him on his performance.
Menengai Cream Homeboyz went top of the Kenya Cup log with a 36-26 win over hosts Western Bulls at the Bull Ring in Kakamega.
Humphrey Kayange , Biko Adema included as Kenya Rugby Union has announced a 40 man Simbas squad for the 2017 international season.
Northern Suburbs claimed victory at the third round of the KRU Women’ s 10-A- Series courtesy of a 19-0 cup final win over Menengai Cream Homeboyz at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka on Sunday 5 March 2017.
Tries from Janet Okello and Phila Olando saw the Burbs lead 12-0 at the interval before Olando scored and landed her second conversion of the match for the result, their second victory of the series, having won the opener at Kenyatta University on 5 February.
Northern Suburbs 19 Menengai Cream Homeboyz 0
Third Place Playoff
Mwamba 7 Top Fry Nakuru 5
Fifth Place Playoff
Standard Chartered Impala 19 Shamas 0
Seventh Place Playoff
University Warriors 15 Comras 5
Northern Suburbs 24 Mwamba 0
Menengai Cream Homeboyz 4 Top Fry Nakuru 0
Standard Chartered Impala 22 University Warriors 0
Comras 5 Shamas 15
Northern Suburbs 26 Standard Chartered Impala 12
Menengai Cream Homeboyz 53 Comras 0
Top Fry Nakuru 17 Shamas 0
Mwamba 53 University Warriors 0
Northern Suburbs 72 Comras 0
Menengai Cream Homeboyz 26 Standar Chartered Impala 0
Top Fry Nakuru 12 University Warriors 0
Mwamba 27 Shamas 0
Standard Chartered Impala 24 Comras 0
Northen Suburbs 15 Menengai Cream Homeboyz 5
Shamas 10 University Warriors 5
Mwamba 12 Top Fry Nakuru 0
Leading 14-0 at half time, Shujaa posted a 21-14 win over Samoa to lift the Challenge Trophy at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas on Monday morning. Collins Injera would cruise past the static Samoans to touch down, Sammy Oliech converting for a 7-0 lead before Andrew Amonde barged over, Oliech with the extras.
The Samoans would respond with two converted tries from Tila Mealoi, his touchdowns setting the stage for an exciting finish. Amonde, who has had a blinder of a tournament in Vegas barged over for Shujaa, Oliech with the conversion to confirm the result.
The results meant Shujaa stayed eleventh on the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series log after collecting 8 points at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas to bring their season tally to 35 points.
Meanwhile, After the thrills of Las Vegas, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moves on to Vancouver and, with the draw now complete, there will undoubtedly be a number of closely fought pools to enjoy. USA Sevens winners South Africa will top Pool A but will not have an easy run through to the Cup quarter-finals as a tricky group awaits them on the west coast of Canada.
Former England Sevens player Rob Vickerman commented on the pool draw: “Pool A is a tasty one with South Africa and England but also Kenya as a team that can create some upsets. They often seem to play well against England, in particular, so that will be a match to look out for.”
Elsewhere, runners-up in Las Vegas Fiji top a pool with a resurgent Argentina side, Samoa and Wales – no easy games there – while a buoyant USA outfit take on Australia, France and Japan in Pool C.
Vickerman added: “Pool D is another really interesting group. The pressure for the home team can go one of two ways. We can see a galvanised performance as we saw by bronze medal winners USA in Las Vegas or sometimes the pressure to perform can be too much for a team. I’m looking forward to seeing the home crowd get behind Canada and I hope the fans get something to cheer about.
“Scotland are the third team in that pool. By their own admission, they underperformed in Las Vegas and they will be looking forward to stepping up next week. All around, it’s a pretty even spread.
These tournaments are so difficult to call and quite often we see the fourth seed in the pool ending up winning it. So, we are looking really looking forward to Vancouver. It should be competitive and another exciting leg.”
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Speaking at the launch in Nairobi on Thursday, Philip Odera, the Stanbic Bank Managing Director and a former Kenya Cup player in the 1980s with the now defunct Barclays RFC said, " We have shared values with one of Kenya's most iconic teams, Mwamba RFC, and have entered this partnership based on this. Stanbic will also partner with Mwamba in promoting community health as part of our corporate social responsibility ."
Alvas Onguru,the Mwamba RFC President praised Stanbic's gesture,saying," The presence of Stanbic as a sponsor plays a crucial role in solidifying our team's structure."
This Sponsorship comes in under a week after Kenya Rugby Union Chairman, Richard Omwela, spoke of the need to have more corporate organizations come on board for sponsorship.
The Kenya Rugby Union has announced the dates for the 2017 National Sevens Series. The Driftwood Sevens gets the sevens season underway on 22nd July with the Kabeberi Sevens taking place a week later in Nairobi.
The Series will then take a one month break, a break that has been necessitated by the country’s general election in August before resuming on 2nd September with the Prinsloo Sevens in Nakuru. The fourth leg of the series takes place on 9th September with the last two legs, the Christie Sevens in Nairobi and the Dala Sevens in Kisumu taking place on the 23rd and 30th of September respectively.
The KRU has in the meantime invited its affiliate clubs to place their bids for the fourth round of the series set for 9th September.
2017 National Sevens Series Dates
Round 1: Driftwood Sevens, Mombasa – 22nd/23rd July
Round 2: Kabeberi Sevens, Nairobi – 29th/30th July
Round 3: Prinsloo Sevens, Nakuru – 2nd/3rd September
Round 4: To be confirmed - 9th/10th September
Round 5: Christie Sevens, Nairobi – 23rd/24rd September
Round 6: Dala Sevens, Kisumu – 30th September/ 1st October
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Head Coach Paul Odera has named a provisional 41 man squad as the Kenya U20s prepare for the 2017 Africa U20 Championship set for 17th to 23rd April in Madagascar.
Odera has included 13 players who did duty at last year’s Africa U19 Championships in Namibia. Menengai Cream Homeboyz backrow Steve Otieno who is enjoying a good run of form in the Kenya Cup and Strathmore Leos Gabriel Adero who captained the squad last season are some of the returnees, the others being William Diffu, Roy Wesonga, Mark Mutuku, Stanley Isogol, Charles Tendwa, Brodie Wanjohi, Steve Keter, Jeff Mutuku, Xavier Kipng’etich, Michael Kimwele and James Wanjala.
The squad, which will be whittled down closer to the tournament starts training on Sunday 5 March 2017.
Kenya U20 Provisional Squad :William Diffu (Laiser Hill Academy), Roy Wesonga (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Edwin Obae (Resolution Kisii), Emmanuel Silungi ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Mark Mutuku (Nondescripts), Stanley Isogol (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Harold Anduvati (Menengai Oilers), Charles Tendwa (South Coast Pirates), Brodie Wanjohi (KCB), Akuei Monate (Top Fry Nakuru), Alvin Okoth (Mwamba), Keith Andai (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Collins Onyango (Top Fry Nakuru), Michael Amolo (EPS Morans), Joshua Macharia (KCB), Marco Shukrani (South Coast Pirates), Bonface Ochieng (SportPesa Quins), Kevin Kerore (Mwamba), Ali Ramtu (South Coast Pirates), Victor Matiko (Menengai Oilers), Derrick Ludenyi (Menengai Oilers), James McGreevy (Hillcrest/Old Ruts RFC England), Steve Keter (KCB), Brian Ochieng (Mwamba), Joshua Amayo (EPS Morans), Andrew Siminyu (St. Mary’s/EPS Morans), Steve Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Gabriel Adero (Strathmore Leos), Joseph Musyoki (South Coast Pirates), Jeff Mutuku (Kingswood College South Africa), Joseck Ondong ( Northern Suburbs), Derrick Keyoga (Eldoret Falcons), Erastus Karani (SportPesa Quins), Xavier Kipng’etich (Resolution Impala Saracens), Michael Kimwele (KCB), Dennis Mwangi (Menengai Oilers), Oscar Agutu (South Coast Pirates), Samuel Asati (KCB), James Wanjala (Strathmore Leos), Geoffrey Mugwe (Top Fry Nakuru), Michael Munywa (Resolution Impala Saracens).
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The Kenya Rugby Union’s annual general meeting will take place from 3.00pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at the RFUEA Ground.
Key on the day’s agenda will be receipt and consideration of the KRU Board Report for the past year,receipt and consideration of the balance sheet and and statement of accounts for the past year, the election of the Chairman and four board members, the appointment of auditors for the forthcoming year as well as the appointment of additional members of the appeals council pursuant to Section 11 of the KRU constitution.
Incumbent Chairman Richard Omwela as well as Directors Ian Mugambi, Rajinder Sembi and Oscar Mango are up for re-election having served a first two year term while Paula Lanco retires after serving two consecutive terms.
The Shujaa squad to the North American legs of the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas, USA and Vancouver, Canada was named by Head Coach Innocent Simiyu in Nairobi on Thursday morning.
Oscar Ayodi makes his first series appearance this season while Frank Wanyama returns for the first time since the Dubai and Cape Town legs. They replace Brian Tanga and Oscar Ouma.
Andrew Amonde (KCB, Captain), Willy Ambaka (SportPesa Quins), Dan Sikuta (Kabras Sugar), Frank Wanyama (SportPesa Quins), Bush Mwale (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Sammy Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens), Eden Agero (SportPesa Quins), Leonard Mugaisi (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Augustine Lugonzo (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Nelson Oyoo (Top Fry Nakuru), Oscar Ayodi,(Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Billy Odhiambo (Mwamba), Collins Injera (Mwamba)
“Oscar and Frank have responded well to training and make the final cut. We are in an exciting pool in Vegas and look forward to qualifying and challenging for the cup,” said Shujaa Head Coach Innocent Simiyu.
Shujaa Timings In Las Vegas (East African Time)
Saturday 4 March 2017
Kenya v New Zealand 4.15am EAT
Kenya v Argentina 6.52am EAT
Sunday 5 March 2017 Kenya v Russia 1.12am EAT
Quarterfinals From 5.48am EAT to 8.22am EAT (Sunday 5 March 2017)
Semifinals and finals Session 2 From 10.24pm Sunday 5 March 2017 10.24pm EAT to 4.00am Monday 6 March 2017
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