S Quicks Nyakwakwa (L) and Homeboyz CEO Myke Rabar (DAILY NATION IMAGE)
Kenya Rugby League set for kick-off, target 2025 World Cup
By Eric Njiru | Thu 06 Aug, 2020 15:10

New Kenya Rugby League plans to kick-off matches in December with 14 clubs across two divisions.

Chairman and former Kenyan international Quicks Nyakwakwa told The Star they plan to incorporate two-tier league with six in the top division and eight in the second tier.

Top Franchises will be drawn from Nairobi, Kisumu, Kakamega, Nkubu in Meru, Kitengela and Mombasa.

"We have goodwill from several parts of the country and we expect it to grow in leaps and bounds,” said Nyakwaka.

“The top 6 franchises are being done at the moment and we’ll  unveil the soon the advertise for players to bid to be selected.”

“We’ll start playing once the government clears the return of full-contact sports in Kenya.”

Kenya Rugby League is targeting to compete at the 2025 Rugby League World Cup with the national team selected from the leagues.

The 2025 Rugby League World Cup will be the 17th staging of the Rugby League World Cup. The tournament is expected to include 16 men's teams as well as a women's competition, the same as is planned for 2021

"We missed out on the cycle for qualification to the World Cup but we stand a good chance of qualification in five years’ time as we put up the relevant structures in place,” he said.

Nyakwakwa’s plan is to invest in age group structures; from under 12 onwards for both boys and girls .

Last week, Kenya Rugby League entered into a 10-year commercial and strategic partnership with Homeboyz Entertainment firm that saw the latter commit to pump in Sh100 million annually starting 2021..

This will enable the events and entertainment outfit handle the federation's commercial and business components relating to its Premier League competitions.

Kenya Rugby League composition:
Quicks Nyakwakwa –Chairman
Benjamin Ayimba –Technical Director
Charles Cardovillis- Director of Commercial and special projects
John Mbai- Director of development and growth
Edward Rombo- National team coach
Joel Ng’ang’a –Head of national player welfare
Sammy Githinji –Secretary
Eric Murungi –Treasurer
Amear Mutsiagu –Director of operations
Kevin Ochieng –Director of Tournament and Fixtures

-Additional material derived from The Star

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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