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Kenya Lionesses feud: Six players dropped
By Eric Njiru | Thu 06 Feb, 2020 15:25

Kenya Lionesses head coach Felix Oloo has fallen out with up to six players as they continue with preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

Oloo claimed ‘some players threatened him, are indisciplined and do not follow his philosophy’.

Homeboyz’s Janet Owino, Linet Moraa, Sophy Agola, Millicent Opala and Irene Otieno as well as Nakuru’s Maureen Njoki are allegedly said to have been kicked out of the team. 

“They have to go for disciplinary hearing. Some of them disrespected me, the captain and it will be hard for them to come back. I have nothing personal against Homeboyz players and in fact some of the best players I have now are from Homeboyz RFC.”

One player who spoke to Raga House said, I don’t know why we were kicked out of the team. Couple of players don’t agree with the Coach but this is not fair considering we have Olympics and possibly World Cup coming up this year and next year.”

“We would like the Union or someone else to help us get back to the team.”

Former Kenya 7s Paul Murunga, commenting on the issue said, “this issue should be solved. Grooming a lady rugby player in Kenya is not easy. You need like 10 years to get a good player like Irene Otieno or Janet Owino.”

Owino was part of the team that played at the 2016 Rio Olympics and helped the current team qualify for Tokyo 2020. 

Kenya Lionesses will face Colombia or Brazil in Rugby World Cup qualifier at home in April.

The two South American sides clash this month with the winner meeting the Lionesses at RFUEA ground. The winner of the clash will head to the Repechage to be played in June at a venue to be decided by World Rugby. The Rugby World Cup will be played in 2021 in New Zealand.

The Sevens team is preparing for Hong Kong 7s where they will seek qualification to the World Sevens Series as well as Langford 7s in Canada. 

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere. Experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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