Kenya 7s Under 18’s trip to Namibia for Capricorn Group Sevens Rugby failed to materialize as the Union couldn't afford tickets to Namibia. They required up to sh 1.3million meant for flight tickets.
Kenya Rugby Union director of development Kikechi Kombo confirmed the young lads were to leave Nairobi on Thursday but that did not happen as there was no cash from the Union.
Namibia Rugby Union were to take care of accommodation and food for Kenya 7s while in Namibia.
“They haven’t left because we didn’t get money for tickets,” said Kombo.
The Kenya 7s U18, under head coach Paul Murunga -former Kenya 7s tactician, has been in training for two months with the hope of gracing the tournament set for Feb 28, 2020 in Namibia.
“We’ve been told there’s no money and this hurt a lot,” said Murunga. “These lads were forced to get new passports within a short time and train for all that time then they are told they won’t travel.”
Among Countries confirmed for Capricorn Group Sevens Rugby Tournament are Australia, South Africa, Botswana and hosts Namibia.
South Africa won the 2019 edition of Capricorn Group Sevens Rugby Tournament beating Germany 29-5 in the final. They won all 6 matches, with 294 points scored and 17 conceded.