Financial obligations have forced 2017 Stanbic 7s champions Kabras Sugar to skip Kabeberi 7s set for this weekend in Meru.
A Kabras Sugar official told Raga House they had not planned to travel to Meru County when they were planning their season budget.
“We were working with last season’s budget and Kabeberi 7s was to be in Machakos/Nairobi. Going to Meru is not possible for us,” the official said.
“Going to Meru will cost us almost double of what we had planned for. We wish the Meru leg was announced early enough to help us prepare well especially team from Western.”
Kabras Sugar had been pooled in group D of Kabeberi 7s with Nakuru, Strathmore Leos and Northern Suburbs.
Kenya Rugby Union will on Thursday evening name Kabras Sugar’s replacement.
Technically, they will have to start at div II in the tournament after Kabeberi 7s, Dala 7s or else be invited to the top division by host side Kisumu RFC who by that time may have to invite themselves first.
2019 Kabeberi 7s Pools
Pool A: KCB, Impala Saracens, Menengai Oilers, Meru RFC
Pool B: Homeboyz, Masinde Muliro Uni, Mean Machine, Pirates (UG)
Pool C: Mwamba, Nondies, Egerton Wasps, Kenya Harlequins
Pool D: Nakuru RFC, Strathmore Leos, Kabras Sugar, Northern Suburbs