Kenya Lionesses and Kenya Morans will not compete at this year’s Dubai 7s set for Dec 5, 2019 due to lack of funds, says Kenya Rugby Union.
A dejected KRU Vice Chairman Thomas Opiyo, accompanied by Hon.Sec Ian Mugambi and Hon.Treasurer Joshua Aroni, addressed the press on Tuesday at RFUEA Grounds saying failure to get Ksh6 million has forced the Rugby Union to pull the two teams out of the invitational tournament.
“The plan has been to send the Lionesses and Morans to the Invitational 7s tournaments (Staring with Dubai) as a preparation for future assignments Hong Kong – March series qualifiers for the Lionesses.”
“This being an invitational tournament, the participating Unions, in this case the KRU are responsible of all costs: flights, accommodation, meals and allowances.”
“This year however, we risk the Lionesses missing out on the Dubai7s due to lack of funds. The cost of preparation is high and the KRU has been struggling to meet the deficit.”
Moran’s have in the past participated in Roma7s, Amsterdam7s, Victoria Falls7s
"On the other hand, we are still in arrears of 2 months with the Shujaa payments."
"KRU has made the required applications as stipulated by the Ministry guideline with various levels of approvals. We therefore appeal to the Sports Ministry to fast track and release funding to facilitate timely travel arrangements."
"KRU is in dire straits and there is a real threat that the Lioness might miss on the opportunity should the govt not intercede and release the already approved finances."
“Engagement with our stakeholders and Sponsors continues and wish to thank them for continued support.”
The Kenya 7s shujaa team for 2019/20 HSBC World Sevens Series opener, Dubai 7s, will be named on Thursday by Paul Feeney before leaving for Dubai on Sunday evening.