The Kenya 15s team that is set to play Germany on Saturday 27May 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds has been named by Team Manager Wangila Simiyu. Speaking at the Grounds during the naming event on Thursday, Wangila affirmed that the selection of the team was based on current performance of players.
``The change in squad has told you that many players are coming up and are ready to step up for national duty. National team is chosen according to performance of players in their respective teams. We are also developing depth for years to come and not only for Saturday’s match and that is where young players come in. Basically, we recognize and appreciate hard work.’’
He also urged the fans to turn up for the game in large numbers, for the love of the game and to support the team which he says will not disappoint come that day. ``We urge all people in Nairobi and outside the city to come for the game and fill up the stadium. On the pitch there will be fifteen players and our sixteenth player is the fans, who we really rely on.’’
Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Richard Omwela echoed his sentiments, saying that he hopes that the fans will avail themselves in large numbers. ``I hope that the fans of this beautiful game will be there in numbers on Saturday and cheer for our team. That will boost the morale of the players and the whole squad at large.’’
There are some notable new faces in the team for the Saturday friendly match; Philip Ikambili of Menengai Cream Homeboyz, Oscar Simiyu of KCB, George Nyambua of Kabras Suga and Leo Seje of Impala Sacrens all being included in the Simbas team for the first time. The team will be captained by Wilson Kopondo, who is making a comeback into the team and will be deputized by Darwin Mukidza who plays for KCB.
Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Darwin Mukidza (KCB, Vice-Captain), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Patrice Agunda (SportPesa Quins), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Samson Onsumu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins, Captain), Simon Muniafu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Erick Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge ( KCB), Martin Owila ( KCB)
Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)Oscar Simiyu (KCB), Bramwell Mayaka ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Kelvin Masai ( Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Leo Seje Owade (Resolution Impala Saracens), Dennis Muhanji (SportPesa Quins)
Kenya Rugby Union Chairman, Richard Omwela, has told off the government for their intent to set up a Sports, Arts and Culture Fund, saying that the money placed there is likely to be embezzled.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday at the Sarova Hotel where several sports bodies’ officials had convened to issue a statement on the government’s proposal to slap a 50% tax regulation on the gaming industry, Omwela said that they[Sports people] receive very little funding from the government.
"From a rugby perspective, we have checked our records from five years ago and seen that we have received less than twenty Million in funding directly from the government."
" I have no fault in asking about the setting up of a fund. Yes it is nice to set up a fund, but this country is full of funds that have been set up and money has been embezzled. What happened to the Youth Fund? What happened to NSSF? What happened to NHIF? What happened to Women’s Fund? What has happened to the Maize Fund?"
"Let us face reality. Reality is that even if we were to set up a fund, the management of that fund is so critical that we don’t trust if they[Government] will do the right thing.’’
Omwela did not stop there, The Rugby Boss highlighted how SportPesa have massively helped the Kenyan Rugby team in their day-to-day activities.
"When SportPesa came on board, we agreed on a five-year program of funding with them. This means that for the next five years, we are not sitting every day to find who is going to sponsor us. Right now our team is in London and if it is not for SportPesa, we don’t know how we would be able to fund the team’s expenses."
"We have ten assignments every year around the whole world and I can tell you that the government just hears that we went and came back. They have no clue how we went , how we got to the airport and how we came back. We go and come back thanks to companies like SportPesa who are able to support us.’’
Despite being critical of the Government, Omwela called for dialogue between various parties to come up with a symphonic solution.
"Let us reason and discuss, …. Rotich talk to Wario, Wario talk to other members of Parliament and let us make sure that this Bill does not see light of the day or if it does, at a more reduced level."
Omwela completed his address with a challenge to the Government to fund sports through the Consolidated Fund.
"Why aren’t sports being funded from the consolidated Fund? Is it that we are a different breed of Kenyans? Aren’t we paying taxes like everybody else?", Posed Omwela.
Germany head coach Kobus Potgieter has named a strong squad for a test match against Kenya on Saturday 26 May, 2017 in Nairobi. The team is a balanced combination of youth and experience, with the coach retaining a majority of players that participated in the recently concluded 2017 Rugby Europe Championships where Germany finished fifth overall.
Speaking to the Official German Rugby Union Website, Potgieter gave reasons for selecting such a strong side. ``We will travel to Nairobi with a strong squad because we know that Kenya is by no means an easy opponent. They are competing for a place in the World Cup, they have already defeated Spain and Portugal in the recent past...So we must be very well prepared if we want to survive.''
Sean Armstrong, Raynor Parkinso, Timo Vollenkemper, Kehoma Brenner, Jaco Otto, Jarrid Els, Harris Aounallah, Dale Garner, Michael Poppmeier, Jörn Schröder, Pirmin Stöhr, Luis Ball, Antony Dickinson, Chris Howells, Ben Ellermann, Daniel Cook, Jamie Murphy, Marcel Coetzee, Erik Marks, Damien Tussac, Tim Menzel, Mikael Tyumenev, Julius Nostadt, Christopher Hilsenbeck, Dasch Barber, Samy Füchsel, Mathieu Ducau, Felicien Vergnon, Marcel Henn
Sebastian Robl , Felix Lammers , Mark Sztyndera
The Kenya Rugby Union, in conjunction with the Center for Multi-party Democracy and Strathmore University, hosted its affiliates to a one day conference on governance at the Strathmore University on Friday 12 May 2017.
Kenya Rugby Union Secretary Oduor Gangla ,in his opening remarks, said, “ This kind of training is designed to help us deliver service effectively and efficiently. Governance is important, if we get it right, everything goes well as we are able to set up structures that end up giving us long term sustainability. ”
The course, which is aimed at building the capacity of sports federations in Kenya, saw the participants taken through various modules of corporate governance with an aim of empowering them with knowledge that would serve them beyond the actual course.
Kenya Sevens lost 20-14 to host France in their opening match of Paris 7s on Saturday 13 May, with the hosts trailing 14-5 at halftime.
Frank Wanyama had given Kenya the lead with a try which was converted by Sammy Oliech, before Julien Candelon scored a try for France. Billy Odhiambo extended Kenya’s lead with a try late in the first half and it was converted to make Kenya’s lead 14-5 at halftime.
Alcardi landed the first try in the second half for France and when Sammy Oliech was yellow carded, things went on a downward spiral for Kenya. Pascal Barraque scored a try for the hosts to make it 14-12. Then the magical moment for France came, Virimi Vakatawa releasing a wonderful off-load before and roared back to the field to land the winning try.
Kenya’s next match is against invited side Spain at 4:38 pm before facing England at 8:26 pm in their last group match.
Strathmore Leos have pulled of the Enterprise Cup. The side, semifinalists last year,in a brief communication to the Kenya Rugby Union, cited ” circumstances beyond their control” as the reason for their withdrawal.
The Leos were scheduled to play Menengai Cream Homeboyz in the quarterfinal on Saturday 13 May 2017.
Former Homeboyz back-row Joshua Chisanga has said that he will be available for Kenya Simbas 2017 international assignments. Chisanga, who plays for Falcons in England, asserted that if selected, he will be available and could face Germany on Saturday 27 May, 2017.
``Yes I am coming for the Simbas matches…KRU already requested for my release and I should be home anytime from now.’’ This is a major boost for the Simbas squad and after the English Premiership ended on May 6, 2017, Chisanga could be available until July.
Kenya face Germany on Saturday 27 May, 2017 and after that, they will head to Uganda for the first leg of Elgon Cup before hosting the Cranes. They will then play Namibia and Zimbabwe in Africa Cup matches.
Team Manager Simiyu Wangila named Kenya Simbas Squad that is set for a 10-day camp in South Africa. Adressing the press on May 11, 2017 at the RFUEA Grounds, Simiyu also named KCB flanker Davis Chenge as the captain for the tour, with Biko Adema deputizing him. The squad will depart on Friday 12 May for training at the Western Cape Sports Academy and is made up of 29 of the 36 players who were selected to represent the Simbas this season.
Among those included are Dennis Muhanji, Martin Owila, Ericc Kerre, Moses Amusala, David Ambunya, Ronnie Mwenesi, Peter Kilonzo and Peter Karia.
Mwamba’s Brad Owako, Impala’s Leo Seje, Strathmore duo of Elkeans Musonye and Alex Olaba and scrum-halves Kevin Masai and Samson Onsomu are also in the list.
Kopondo Named Overall Captain
Wilson Kopondo was also named the overall Simbas team captain, who will be assisted by Darwin Mukidza. The two are however unavailable for the South Africa tour, with Darwin Mukidza absorbed in Kenya 7s for Paris and London legs while Kopondo has work commitments.
Backs: Samson Onsomu (Impala Saracens), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Patrice Agunda (Quins), Leo Seje (Impala Saracens), Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), Kelvin Masai (Homeboyz), Isaac Adimo (Quins), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Dennis Muhanji.
Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), George Asin (KCB), Dennis Karani (Impala Saracens), Simon Muniafu ( Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge (KCB), Eric Kerre (Impala Saracens), James Kubasu (Impala Saracens), Peter Karia (KCB), Bramwell Mayaka (Homeboyz), Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Oscar Simiyu(KCB)
George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondescripts), Emmanuel Malava (Homeboyz), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), Martin Owila (KCB)
Kenya Sevens duo Darwin Mukidza and Sammy Oliech are upbeat ahead of the final legs of 16/17 HSBC World Sevens Series, Paris and London 7s. Shujaas departed for France on Monday evening ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.
Speaking to kru.co.ke, Oliech said, ``We’re looking to finish on a high, get whatever points we can get, hopefully play in the cup semifinals onwards.’’ His compatriot, Mukidza, who is returning for the first time since the opening rounds in Dubai and Cape Town, was also hopeful of good performance. ``It feels great to be back. It is going to be a real test for me…I expect to go and perform well.’’
Kenya is placed in Pool C with France, England and Spain.
Kenya Rugby Union director of fixtures confirmed that Championship promotion and relegation playoffs will be played on Saturday 3 June 2017, in a neutral venue.
Ngong RFC, who lost Nationwide semifinals to Menengai Oilers, will face former Kenya Cup side Thika RFC, who finished in10th place. MKU Nairobi on the other hand lost to Egerton Wasps and will clash with JKUAT cougars, who finished 9th. Menengai Oilers and Egerton Wasps have already qualified for the Championships after reaching the final.
An official statement from the Kenya Rugby Union has revealed that Nakuru will host 2017's Nationwide National Finals at the Nakuru Athletics Club on Saturday May 13. The finals will see Menengai Oilers and Egerton Wasps lock horns for the Nationwide's title.
The two teams have already qualified for the Championship, which is the second tier league while the final spot will be taken by either MKU Nairobi or Ngong RFC. Wasps and Oilers met in the Rift Valley Regional league finals, with Oilers winning 47-10.
Thirteen players are in line for their full test debuts as the Simbas technical bench led by Head Coach Jerome Paarwater named a 36 man squad for this year’s international assignments.
The thirteen are George Asin, Leo Seje, James Kubasu, Bramwell Mayaka, Elkeans Musonye, Alex Olaba, Oscar Simiyu, Philip Ikambili, Brad Owako, George Nyambua, Peter Kilonzo as well as Steve Otieno and Benjamin Marshall who were part of the Kenya U20 squad that finished second at last week’s Africa U20 championships in Madagascar.
Simbas 2017 squad
Forwards: Moses Amusala (KCB), George Asin (KCB), Dennis Karani (Resolution Impala Saracens), Wilson Kopondo (SportPesa Quins), Simon Muniafu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Davis Chenge (KCB), Eric Kerre (Resolution Impala Saracens), Edwin Machanje (Mwamba), James Kubasu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Peter Karia (KCB), Bramwell Mayaka (Menengai Cream Homeboyz),Philip Ikambili (Menengai Cream Homeboyz),Oscar Simiyu (KCB),George Nyambua(Kabras Sugar),Ronnie Mwenesi (Nondescripts), Emmanuel Mavala (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), Martin Owila (KCB), Steve Otieno (Menengai Cream Homeboyz)
Backs: Samson Onsomu (Resolution Impala Saracens), Biko Adema (Nondescripts), Dennis Muhanji (SportPesa Quins), Patrice Agunda (SportPesa Quins), Leo Seje (Resolution Impala Saracens), Darwin Mukidza (KCB), Tony Onyango (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Kelvin Masai (Menengai Cream Homeboyz), Isaac Adimo (SportPesa Quins), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Brad Owako (Mwamba), David Ambunya (SportPesa Quins), Alex Olaba (Strathmore Leos),Kenny Andola (KCB), Benjamin Marshall (Nondescripts), Peter Kilonzo (KCB)
Menengai Oilers advanced to the semifinal of the Nationwide National Playoffs with a 20-3 win over Maseno.
Join the Nakuru based side in the semis were Ngong RFC, MKU Nairobi and Egerton Wasps who all emerged victorious in their quarterfinal fixtures.
Ngong posted a 24-7 win over Embu at the Kibiko High School ground, MKU edged out Technical University of Mombasa 13-10 in Mombasa as Egerton Wasps defeated CITAM Kisumu 16-8 in Kisumu
Ngong 24 Embu 7
TUM 10 MKU Nairobi 13
CITAM Kisumu 8 Egerton Wasps 16
Menengai Oilers 20 Maseno 3
The fourth round of the National Sevens Series will be hosted at the Ngong Hills Sports Resort for a period of two years starting with the 2017 edition which takes place on 9/10 September.This decision was arrived at by the Kenya Rugby Union following the submission of hosting bids by interested clubs and entities.
Menengai Cream Homeboyz topped the bidding,earning the right to host the event at their proposed venue in 2017 and 2018.
A joint bid by Western Bulls and Kabras Sugar RFC was second overall in the bidding process, granting them the rights to host this round of the NSS in 2019 and 2020.
The National Sevens Series is Kenya Rugby's premier club sevens competition and is played over six rounds, the team accumulating the most points at the close of the series crowned club sevens champions of Kenya
Resolution Impala Saracens II successfully defended their Eric Shirley crown with a 13-12 win over KCB II in the final played at the USIU Ground on Saturday 22 April 2017.
This match was a close contest through and through, the teams heading into the interval locked 0-0. Collins Wanjala’s unconverted try after the restart gave KCB II a 5-0 lead but Quinto Ongo’s two quick penalties saw Impala II go 6-5 up.
Vincent Onyala landed a converted try as KCB II went 12-6 up but a moment of indiscipline saw them crumble, conceding a penalty try that handed Impala II the win.
Rugby enthusiasts around the country have a reason to be happy as they can now look forward to this years’ National Sevens Circuit set to start from late July to early November this year.
The circuit is a series of sevens a side competition taking places in various towns and cities in the country. It also brings together passionate rugby fans to mingle, have fun and of course enjoy some rugby.
Rugby in the country has grown popularity due to the National Sevens Circuit and the success of the Shujaa on the world stage.
This years’ schedule is as follows:
July 22, 2017- Mombasa Driftwood
July 29, 2017- Kabeberi Sevens, Nairobi
Sept 2, 2017- Prinsloo, Nakuru
Sept 9, 2017- Homeboyz
Sept 23, 2017- Christie, Quins
Sept 30, 2017- Dala Sevens, Kisumu
Nov 5, 2017- Safaricom Sevens, Nairobi
Photo credit: Saddique Shaban
The Africa U20 Championship final was held on Sunday 23 April 2017 in Antananarivo Madagascar where Kenya U20 faced Namibia U20 with the latter emerging Champions having registered a 66-24 win.
Trailing 19-0 minutes in the first half, Chipu got on the scoreboard courtesy of flanker Stanley Isogol try with Henry Ayah adding the extras. Scoreboard then reading 19-7 to Namibia had Chipu attack the Namibia U20 resulting to another Kenya try through Victor Matiko with the conversion sailing wide. Moments to Half time, Namibia would extend their lead to 26-12.
Enter second half, Namibia got in two converted tries before Kenya bounced back with two tries by Stephen Keter and Charles Tendwa as Fullback Joshua Mwangi converted Tendwa's try. Namibia managed to drill in a try in between the two Kenyan tries as the scoreboard now read Chipu 24 - Namibia 47. Namibia's dominance saw them add 19 extra points bringing the score to 24-66 at full time.
Resolution Kisii have won the KRU Championship with a 25-10 win over Mombasa in the final played at the Kenyatta University on Saturday 22 April 2017.
Isaac Wafula would sneak in a 16th minute drop goal to give Kisii a 3-0 lead before Elvis Namusasi responded with a 33rd minute penalty from Elvis Namusasi. Amos Obae would land a try on the stroke of half time, Isaac Wafula converting for the 10-3 score at the break.
Obae would his land brace after the break, Wafula with the extras for a 17-3 score. Mombasa were soon reduced to 14 men,Benedict Wesonga binned for an offense. Namusasi would soon visit the bin, the coastal side paying the price for their indiscipline.
Wafula would drill home a penalty as Kisii led 20-3 before Ian Amara landed for a 25-3 score. Moses Litunya’s converted try at the death reduced the deficit for Mombasa.
Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) were crowned Kenya Cup champions on Saturday afternoon after outplaying Kabras Sugar 36-8 at KCB Sports grounds lifting their second crown in three years.
Oliver Mang'eni and Darwin Mukidza starred in the win.
Oliver Mang'eni scored a try to make it 13-0 as Mukidza converted to stretch the score to 15-0 on 23 minutes. Wokorach scored a penalty for Kabras four minutes later to keep the Kakamega-based side in the match.
KCB put a grip on the match scoring in the last play of the first half through Darwin Mukidza who made the subsequent conversion stretching the score to 22-3 at the break.
A rejuvenated Kabras put KCB on the back foot in the first five minutes and scored a try courtesy of Wokorach on 46 minutes.
Peter Kara capitalised on defensive lapse to touch down for another try as Darwin converted to put the score at 29-8.
Mang'eni grabbed another try with Mukidza converting the conversion to make the scores 36-8 and put the match beyond Kabras comeback.
KCB win sees the side bag 5 million shillings token the side had been promised by KCB CEO.
Kabras featuring in their third consecutive final, will feel hard done after they could not break the jinx against KCB.
KCB win today means they have five Kenya Cup titles in their cabinet.
Oscar Simiyu has grown to become a key player for the KCB rugby team, who are in the finals of the Kenya Cup after beating SportPesa Quins 19-12 in the semifinals.
Leading 20-17 at the interval, Chipu coasted to a 34-24 win over Zimbabwe in Africa U20 action in Antananaravivo on Thursday afternoon. Chipu's try scorers were Joshua Macharia, Steve Keter, William Diffu and Michael Kimwele with Henry Ayah adding four conversions and two penalties.
Head Coach Paul Odera, communicating with Kenya Rugby after the match said, "Our defensive system held under the pressure. Our tackle technique was good on most occasions and the confidence to attack from deep in our half got us two tries."
The result sees Chipu through to the final where the winner of the second clash between Namibia and Madagascar awaits them.
-- KRU Media
Saturday’s Kenya Cup final between KCB and defending champions Kabras will be held at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka. This match kicks off at 4.00pm. Ticket prices on the day will cost Ksh 400. KCB got to host the final by virtue of being the highest ranked team to reach the championship match.
The KRU Championship final match between Resolution Kisii and Mombasa RFC will take place at the Kenyatta University ground on Saturday 22 April 2017. This match kicks off at 1.00pm and will run concurrent to the Eric Shirley Shield final match between Resolution Impala II and KCB II which kicks off at USIU at 1.00pm.
Saturday’s order of play
Eric Shirley Shield Final
Resolution Impala Saracens II v KCB II – 1.00pm – USIU
KRU Championship Final
Resolution Kisii v Mombasa – 1.00pm – Kenyatta University
Ticket prices have been announced for Saturday’s Kenya Cup final between KCB and Kabras Sugar. The match, which will be takes place at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka will see tickets retail at Ksh 400. Tickets will be sold at the gate
Constant Cap will be the man in charge of Saturday’s Kenya Cup final between KCB and defending champions Kabras Sugar at the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka.His Assistant Referees on the day will be Victor Oduor and Moses Ndung’u while Gregory Sang is the Television Match Official
Beryl Akinyi will lead an all ladies team in officiating the KRU Championship final between Resolution Kisii and Mombasa at the Kenyatta University on Saturday. Akinyi will be center referee for this clash with Noreen Liyosi and Peris Mukoko her assistant referees.
Others involved in officiating this fixture will be
SC1: Millicent Opala
SC2: Mary Ochieng
RD: Emilly Ochieng
TZO: Alice Zawadi
Saturday’s Kenya Cup final between KCB and defending champions Kabras Sugar will be aired live from the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka. This match will be aired on Zuku Sports and streamed live on the Zuku Official Facebook page
-- KRU Media
Kenyan Sevens star Willy Ambaka is facing visa problems ahead of his anticipated move to Manawatu Turbos in New Zealand. According to stuff.co.nz, Manawatu Rugby Union chief executive established that they were working with Ambaka’s agent to bring him to the team. "There is possibility of him coming, but he is subject to visa and there is no visa movement at the moment.’’
The 26-year-old winger has already had one visa application rejected and will be waiting to see how his second application goes. Knowles also said that getting players’ visas is becoming harder for rugby unions. "Immigration (New Zealand) have really tightened up and what I have usually put in visa applications is no longer good enough.’’ Ambaka is however not the only Manawatu player facing visa application problems.
The newly created National Sports, Culture and Arts fund is intended to support development of sports, culture and arts. Monies are collected from taxed proceeds of betting firms and thereafter pooled into the proposed fund for distribution to various sports, culture and art related activities and organizations.
The country has witnessed inefficiencies in sports activities attributed to poor planning and misappropriation of sports funds. With this in mind, there is hardly anything to look forward to with the establishment of this fund, especially when little, if no regard has been given to the detailed funding requirements of each sports federation. Further, , the needs of sports federations differ greatly from those of arts and cultural bodies, something that the fund fails to take note of.
For example, United Kingdom came to a conclusion that that imposing gambling tax was a misguided move and abolished it 16 years ago. The then Chancellor Gordon Brown announced that bookmakers would be taxed on their gross profits at a rate of 15%. He also scrapped the system in which the Government collected betting duty of 6.75% from bookmakers, which was passed on to punters in a 9% tax, meaning bookmakers absorbed all the costs of the new tax themselves.This is food for thought for our authorities
Imposition of the 50% taxation on betting firms directly impacts on their beneficiaries, a case in point, the Kenya Rugby Union who will be hit by scaled back funding from our title sponsor.
Ronald Bukusi, C.E.O for Kenya Rugby Union(KRU), said that scaling back of funding from betting companies, as intended in the proposed National Sports, Culture and Arts fund will be defeatist, and retrogressive to the growth of the game, and sport in general. He added that sports federations are constantly being requested to be self-sustaining, to be attractive to sponsors, and that is what the Kenya Rugby Union has been achieving by getting support from sponsors.
The organization recently entered a five year partnership with SportPesa worth Ksh 600m, a venture geared towards growing the game at all levels, across all genders in the country. It is a venture that has been beneficial to the organization in terms of improved perks and performances by our national squads as well as timely access to funds and resources for developmental programs. As a result, KRU is able to develop and implement programs over the short and long terms while remaining accountable to all its stakeholders.
“Rugby is the fastest growing team sport in the country, a feat that could not have been achieved without the implementation of these programs. We have witnessed players and teams from areas and schools previously viewed as non-traditional rugby playing zones taking up the sport, and even breaking into the national squads and winning national titles,” said Mr. Richard Omwela, KRU Chairman
“The Kenya Rugby Union in particular, is keen on further growing and developing the game within all corners of the country, and amongst all willing participants. These development programs require heavy funding from the organization as well as its various benefactors,” added the KRU Chairman
With increased uptake of the game, there has inevitably been an increase in various opportunities within the sport. There is suddenly a demand for coaches, physiotherapists, conditioning coaches, analysts, kit suppliers, food vendors, event managers and kit suppliers. Employment opportunities have been created directly and indirectly.
“The organization has not only been able to run various programs, but also host successful events, generate other revenue streams , pay staff salaries while creating employment opportunities directly and indirectly. Maureen, who initially started out cleaning the offices at the KRU Secretariat now also cleans kit for several other teams and has been able to employ six people to aid in her operations, do we want to throw this all away? The National Sports, Culture and Arts fund in its current form will hurt the growth and development of Kenyan sports. ,” Mr. Bukusi concluded.
Kenya will meet England once again in the Paris Sevens and probably exert revenge after their 21-13 loss to the English in Singapore Sevens Quarters having landed in the same pool for the Paris Sevens.
Shujaa has been drawn in pool C alongside England, France and Spain.
The last leg of the KRU women's League was held on Friday 14 April 2017 at the NAC grounds with Homeboyz Ladies emerging Champions after holding on to an early 5-0 lead over the hosts Top Fry Nakuru ladies till the very end.
Northern Suburbs were the overall champions with a total of 96 points closely followed by the winners of the fifth leg Homeboyz Ladies who came second with 95 points. Hosts Top Fry Nakuru ladies finished third overall with a total of 83 points followed by Mwamba Ladies who finished the league fourth gathering 81 points throughout the league
The bottom half of the league standings saw Standard Chartered Impala ladies in fifth place with 73 points, Shamas gathered a total of 55 points as COMRAS and The Varsity Warriors finished the league with a total of 45 and 37 points each respectively.
The most promising player in the league was Standard Chartered Impala Ladies' Judith Auma, Northern Suburbs scooped the Top point scorer and the MVP both going to one Philadelphia Orlando as Janet Okello bagged the top try scorer award.
Kenya Sevens has qualified for the quarter finals at the ongoing Singapore Sevens after posting their second win in the group.
Kenya beat Argentina in their first match, lost to Australia and then beat Samoa in the final group match.
Kenya 22-7 Argentina
Kenya 7-29 Australia
Shujaa will look to mount a successful Singapore Sevens title defense next weekend. They have been drawn in Pool C with Australia, Argentina and Samoa.
Hong Kong Sevens winners Fiji are in Pool A with Canada, Russia and Hong Kong while Pool B features South Africa, England, France and Japan. Pool D comprises USA, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.
Shujaa won last year’s Singapore Sevens with a 30-7 win over Fiji in the cup final on Sunday 16 April.
KCB II will face off with Resolution Impala Saracens II in the Eric Shirley Shield final set for Saturday 22 April 2017.
KCB II saw off the challenge of a determined Mwamba II, just shading it 19-16 while Impala II were rampant against neighbours Quins II, running off 32-12 winners.
Meanwhile,there will be more final action as Kisii and Mombasa l meet to determine the overall winner of the Championshp on Saturday 22 April 2017. The two sides have been promoted to Kenya Cup after their weekend triumphs.
A 19-21 Challenge Trophy final loss to Scotland saw Shujaa collect seven points from the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday evening. The result saw the team climb up one place in the latest standings from 12th to 11th with 47 points.
Frank Wanyama opened the scoring, Sammy Oliech converting for a 7-0 score but Gary Hart’s converted try brought the Scots level before Jamie Fleming’s try and Wight’s conversion gave Scotland a 14-7 lead.
Dennis Ombachi would score as Shujaa trailed 12-14 at the break.
Fleming’s third converted try saw Shujaa trail further, the scores 12-21 and were for their incessant pressure when Andrew Amonde touched down under the posts, Oliech with the conversion, too little to late as full time soon sounded.
Olympic champions Fiji defeated South Africa 22-0 to win the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens
1997 Enterprise Cup champions Mombasa RFC made a return to the country’s top tier league for the first time since the 2014/15 season after winning their KRU Championship semifinal, posting an 11-10 result over hosts Catholic Monks at the CUEA grounds in Kareng’ata.
Resolution Kisii will make their debut in next season’s Kenya Cup after edging out USIU 6-3 in the other semifinal fixture at the Gusii Stadium in Kisii.
Kisii and Mombasa will still meet to determine the overall winner of the Championship on Saturday 22 April 2017.
Champions Kabras Sugar rallied from a 10-17 deficit at the interval to first tie the game in regulation time before posting a 22-17 win over hosts Menengai Cream Homeboyz in Kenya Cup semifinal action at the ASK Jamhuri Park on Saturday 8 April 2017.
The deejays raced into a 5-17 lead before Kabras regrouped, landing just before the interval for a 10-17 half time score. Champions Kabras Sugar rallied from a 10-17 deficit at the interval to first tie the game in regulation time before posting a 22-17 win over hosts Menengai Cream Homeboyz in Kenya Cup semifinal action at the ASK Jamhuri Park on Saturday 8 April 2017. before tying the game with a converted try in mid second half.
The two sides were locked in a 17-17 stalemate at full time before Kabras struck the all important try in the first period of extra time and held on to this lead to the end, reaching their third successive Kenya Cup final while setting up a repeat of the 2014/15 final with KCB who vanquished Quins 19-12 in the other semifinal at Ruaraka.
Fullback Darwin Mukidza booted home 14 points as KCB reached the Kenya Cup final with a 19-12 win over SportPesa Quins in the semifinal played at a rain soaked KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka on Saturday 8 April 2017.
Mukidza drilled home a penalty off an early Quins infringement to put the hosts 3-0 up before converted Moses Amusala’s try for a 10-0 score. He would then trade penalties with Quins’ center David Ambunya as KCB took a 13-3 lead into the breather.
Quins were intent on keeping their ambitions alive, Ambunya’s three penalty goals off KCB offenses brought the visitors to within a point of the bankers.
Mukidza drilled home two penalties as the bankers defended to the final whistle, reaching the Kenya Cup final for the first time since the 2014/15 final.
Resolution Impala Saracens winger Derrick Mayar made his debut for Shujaa in the side’s final Pool B clash against France, a match that ended in a 29-12 win for his side.
Speaking to Kenya Rugby after the match, Mayar said, “I am very thankful... I am happy, and proud. I haven’t even fulfilled my expectations yet, I look forward to leaving the tournament with a try. I look forward to featuring in this team consistently and for the long haul…expect more.”
Shujaa face Japan in the Hong Kong Sevens Challenge Trophy Quarterfinal at 5.36am on Sunday 9 April 2017.
Shujaa ended their Pool B fixtures at the Hong Kong Sevens on a high, posting a 29-12 win over France at the Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday.
Shujaa 29 France 12
Innocent Simiyu’s charges landed five tries and two conversions to beat the French to third spot in the group.
Wanyama’s converted try after a patient build up put the Kenyans 7-0 up before Dennis Ombachi landed his third try of the weekend to see Shujaa go 12-0 up.
France soon responded with an unconverted effort that brought the scores to 12-5 .Wanyama’s burst of speed down the right left his French opposition for dead, his momentum taking him over the line for his double as Shujaa led 17-5 at the interval.
It was soon Eden Agero’s turn to join in the try scoring fest, scoring and converting for a 24-5 lead. The French would seek to cut the deficit, Laguel ‘s unconverted effort bring the score to 24-12 before Billy Odhiambo got on the mark right at the death to confirm the result for Shujaa.
Shujaa dropped to the Challenge Trophy after a 10-35 loss to South Africa, coupled with Canada’s 28-14 win over France ruled out the possibility of them finishing in the top two in Pool B at the Hong Kong Sevens, the seventh round of the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series.
Shujaa 10 South Africa 35
Wernek Kok scored the first of his three tries, Branco du Preez converting for a 7-0 lead before du Preez scored and converted to double the lead. The Blitzbokke continued to impose themselves, du Preez converting Philp Snyman’s try to triple the lead, 21-0.
Nelson Oyoo would turn his marker inside out, going over the chalk to make it 21-5 at the break.
Dennis Ombachi joined Oyoo in landing his second try of the weekend but two more converted tries from Kok closed out the win for South Africa.
Up next: France at 12.34pm EAT
Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde feels Kenya was hard done by the last minute penalty in their loss to Canada in their first match at the Hong Kong Sevens.
The captain however noted that they did not maximise on their chances.
“We started slow, we didn’t take our chances in the first half when we had them. We came back in the second half but were just not able to kill off the game. We felt hard done by the last minute penalty. Despite that, we still have a chance to get into the cup quarters. We must focus on beating South Africa and France tomorrow,” said captain Andrew Amonde in his post match comments.
Kenya's next clash is against South Africa , Saturday 8.56 a.m EAT
Kenya lost to Canada in their first pool B match in the Hong Kong series on Friday at the Hong Kong Stadium.
Canada had the first try through Luke McCloskey which was then converted by Nathan Hirayama to go 7-0 up in the first half.
Kenya came back stronger in the second half and made their first try through Dennis Ombachi and Samuel Oliech converted it to go level with Canada. Canada got their second try through Harry Jones and it was converted to give them a 14-7 lead, but Nelson Oyoo’s try shortly after made it level on 14-14.
Kenya conceded a penalty late in the game which was hurriedly scored by Nathan Hirayama which gave Canada all the points, winning 17-14 to pick up their first win in the Hong Kong series.
Next for Kenya is A match against South Africa on Saturday
Menengai Cream Homeboyz will be hosting Kenya Cup defending champions Kabras Sugar this weekend at the Jamuhuri Grounds for the Cup semi finals. Homeboyz finished in the first position after the regular season was completed with a total of 69 points earning themselves a home semi final. Kabras cruised to the semi final last weekend edging out hosts Resolution Impala Saracens 21-18. The last time these two met was on 4th March where Homeboyz beat Kabras 34-22 at the same venue.
The second semi final sees KCB RFC host Sportpesa Quins at the Ruaraka Grounds. Quins survived a Mwamba comeback scare last weekend at the RFUEA as the match ended 32-31 with Quins proving to be superior. They head out to Thika Road to meet their hosts in what will be a vengeance seeking match for the Quins who lost to KCB on the 18th of March at the RFUEA grounds. KCB came from a 15-26 score to win the match 29-26 on the said date.
A 7-26 cup quarterfinal loss to Italy curtailed the Lionesses chase for HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series on Friday morning.
Probably fazed by the task at hand, the Lionesses were nervy and prone to error, giving away a penalty try, with workhorse Sheila Chajira dispatched to the sinbin moments later. They would still work and score through Philadelphia Olando, Janet Awino adding the extras.
A Magatti try saw the Italians take a 12-7 lead before Doreen Remour became the second Kenyan to visit the bin just before the break.
Rigoni would convert second half tries from Sillari and Furlan to confirm the result for the Europeans.
Speaking after the game, Head Coach Kevin Wambua said “we never got our rhythm, conceded an early try and yellow card in quick succession. “
His sentiments were shared by skipper Phila Olando who chipped in, saying, “ Italy took advantage of our errors and used it against us.”
Shujaa head coach Innocent Simiyu is confident that his team will put up a good performance in this weekend’s Hong Kong Sevens.
Simiyu reiterated on his boys’ capability to go beyond their group matches.
"We have an interesting pool, I think we have a good shot for qualifying for the cup quarters because if you look at South Africa, we’ve come close twice against them……we have beat France twice and lost once…. We have also beat Canada once and lost once…. So I think it is a good pool and we have a good shot. Hopefully we can execute our strategies on game day and come up with wins, perhaps even hit our targets as we get the wins.’’
Sinaida Aura's hat trick spurred the Lionesses to a 24-21 win over hosts Hong Kong in Pool B action at the HSBC Women's Sevens World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong on Thursday morning.
The Lionesses found themselves in a spot of bother, unable to cope with Hong Kong's early pressure and conceded two converted tries.
To be fair to the Lionesses,they hardly saw any possession and it took Aura's burst of speed from inside the 22 to leave her defenders for dead and land an unconverted try to cut the deficit to 5-14 at the break.
With the Lionesses seeing more possession after the restart, Aura would land her brace,Janet Owino with the conversion for a 12-14 score but Hong Kong soon capitalized on lax defending to add a third converted try,the score reading 12-21.
Celestine Masinde would craft a try scoring opportunity out of nothing, parting the hosts defense wide open, stretching her marker wide before scoring under the posts,Owino sure with the twos.
Aura would win it for the Lionesses, scoring at the corner to secure the result.
Up next is a clash against Belgium at 8.50am