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Gangla: No update yet on competitions
By Eric Njiru | Mon 30 Mar, 2020 12:53

Kenya Rugby Union(KRU) chairman Oduor Gangla says they haven't made any decision concerning when league competitions will return as Kenya continues to fight COVID-19.

Earlier this month the government banned sports events and gatherings to slow the spread of Corona Virus leaving KRU competitions at the playoffs stage. Kenya Cup and Championship were heading to quarters while Nationwide was set for Championship qualifiers.

"I know fixtures committee has been consulting with the clubs as we keep assessing the situation and what's possible," said Gangla. "Now you can't do anything. No decision has been made yet on the leagues but we have several options to consider."

"We wait to see if the government will give new directions on social events and games but with new cases being reported everyday I think it will be hard. We have been under quarantine for sometime now."

With Rugby Afrique having put their 2020 activities on hold, resumption of league action and aligning of competitions for next season will be crucial as Gangla explains.

"Next year's competitions are crucial and will be decided from a time's perspective. Remember Rugby Africa Cup is a qualification for 2023 World Cup and we want to give ourselves the best chance to qualify."

2016 Kenya Cup winner Antony Ogot, whose former side Kabras Sugar are in semis, suggests a change in competitions when action returns.

"Since the players have been out for long they should play Enterprise Cup first then play Kenya Cup quarters, semis and final to gain match fitness. They shouldn't be in a hurry to give away a cup that all teams have worked hard for and invested a lot."

"Let's wait for when everything will be ready. Remember there was a time we played two seasons nonstop."

His sentiments are shared by former Kisii RFC chairman Walter Orangi who says: "If we stabilize early enough we can finish the league since we are at the final stage of the season. However, that is dependent on the situation."

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