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Kenya Rugby teams to miss Africa Youth Games
By Eric Njiru | Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:23

Kenya Rugby teams will not compete at the 2018 Africa Youth Games set for July 18 to 28 in Algiers, Algeria. 

Kenya was to send two teams -boys and girls- but Raga House learns that Kenya is not one of the teams scheduled to take part. 

According to National Olympics Committee of Kenya(NOCK), as quoted by Sportpesa news, Team Kenya to Africa Youth Games officially reported to camp in Nairobi on Monday with Kenya entering 26 athletes. 

The teams are two beach volleyball teams, nine hockey players, four tennis players and four swimmers to the competition open to all African teams. 

Earlier in the week, Kenya Rugby Union Hon.Secretary Oduor Gangla told Raga House that they have been waiting for funds from the government through NOC-K but nothing was forthcoming. 

"We had requested Ksh9 million to cover everything(preps, transport and everything else) but nothing has been sent to us. If we can get the funds now it's not too late we can still go because teams are set."

KRU director of rugby Thomas Odundo said: "We pulled out because we had no preparations for the games." He was referring to having no funds availed to them by the government. 

The boys teams was under Kenya U20 coach Paul Odera while Kenya Lionesses coach was coaching the girls team.

Retired Kenya 7s international Humphrey Kayange is the Chef-de-mission of the country's team for the third Africa Youth Games who confirmed Rugby Afrique had not sent through Kenyan name to the Games committee. 

The African Youth Games will serve as continental qualifier for the Olympic Youth Games in Buenos Aires from the 1st to the 6th of October 2018 where only the winner will qualify to join Argentina, Japan, USA, Australia and France. 

Rugby teams that have confirmed participation in the Africa Youth Games are South Africa, Madagascar, DR Congo, Namibia, Senegal, Benin, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Algeria.  

In 2014, the Kenya U-18 7s team claimed a silver medal in the rugby sevens competition after losing 60-0 to South Africa in the gold medal match. They had beaten Zimbabwe 17-12 in semis. 

The African Youth Games targets the 14 to 18 age group, and is thought to contribute to the development of African sport and to the growth of Olympic values, as well as act as a trial run for the Olympic Games.

Eric Njiru
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