Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela says they are still in negotiation with ‘senior Kenya 7s’ and “as soon as a sponsor is found we will engage them further”.
Omwela, speaking during Tuesday’s press conference at RFUEA Grounds, blamed Paris Fiasco as the source of disagreement between the said players and KRU.
“We acknowledge that most senior players are yet to sign the contracts as the full financial terms are yet to be mutually agreed upon.”
“We are fully cognizant and appreciate these players input to the game over the years; time and again they have lifted the Kenyan flag high when on international duty and as a Union, we remain forever grateful.”
“You all remember 2016 when they lifted Kenya’s maiden HSBC World Sevens Series title at the Singapore 7s. Last year these gentlemen took us to two back to back finals: Vancouver and Hong Kong 7s.”
Kenya 7s head coach Paul Murunga named a 13-man squad for Hamilton and Sydney 7s that has five debutants , two players return from the 2014/15 season while only five played at Dubai and Cape Town 7s.
“We do not take their hard work for granted that’s why we are working tirelessly to ensure we are creating a comfortable environment for all our national squads to work in. Currently, we are in talks with three potential sponsors for Shujaa and looking forward to a positive outcome.”
Collins Injera, Andrew Amonde, Sammy Oliech, Nelson Oyoo, Dan Sikuta, Brian Tanga, Willy Ambaka, Oscar Ouma, Augustine Lugonzo and Billy Odhiambo who have not trained this season.
Jeff Oluoch, Eden Agero and Dennis Ombachi played at Dubai and Cape Town 7s but have since joined the ‘senior players’ group.
“As we continue the conversation with these senior players, we have a new crop of players who are in the set-up and have signed their contracts. It goes to show that we have great upcoming talent in the country and our future is indeed bright. We are asking our fans and the Kenyan people to rally behind this young team as they go out to represent the Country on international duty,” added Omwela.