Kenyan sevens team threatens to boycott training
The national sevens rugby team players have threatened to boycott training if they are not paid their three months outstanding salaries by Monday, Nairobi News has learnt.
The players together with the members of technical bench called a press conference at a Nairobi hotel where they issued the joint threat to stay away form the training grounds if their dues are not settled.
The players present in the Friday presser included former captain Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera and current captain Andrew Amonde.
Technical bench was represented by South Africans Vuyo Zangqa, Graham Bentz and team manager Steve Sewe.
A source indicated to Nairobi News that Kenya Airways, the team’s sponsors, silently terminated their contract after the London leg of the IRB World Series in May.
The team had posted their worst performance in over a decade this season finishing a poor 13th out of 16.
The team is preparing for the 2016 Olympic qualifiers due to take place in September in South Africa where only one slot is up for grabs after BlitzBokke clinched the other ticket.
Trouble seems to have stuck to the Ngong Road-headquartered Kenya Rugby Union after media reports had indicated that Felix ‘Totti’ Ochieng had quit as the head coach of the Sevens team. He however denied those claims.
Last week, the National Olympic Council of Kenya withdrew the under 19 team from Commonwealth Youth Games due to start in Samoa in September due to lack of funds.
The famous Safari Sevens hangs in balance after the Union could not confirm venue and other logistics as they lack title sponsor.