- Top Kenya Cup sides KCB, Kabras Sugar, and Mwamba Rugby have criticized the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) for canceling the ongoing rugby season without consultation. The Strathmore University Leos who are on the verge of promotion termed it as unfair, retrogressive and dictatorial.
KRU secretary-general, Ian Mugambi, in a statement on Thursday, annulled all-league and Cup competitions this season due to the novel coronavirus crisis.
“The cancellation means there will be no promotion or relegation in any of the leagues, with all teams remaining in their current division for next season,” said Mugambi in a statement.
The Leos head coach Louis Kisia said that it has taken a lot of investment and sacrifices from the team’s management and the players to reach top the Championship league unbeaten.
“We are just a win away from promotion to Kenya Cup and we simply can’t take in that dictatorial move by the union,” said Kisia adding that even the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were pushed to next year not canceled.
KCB Rugby chairman Xavier Makuba said, “It’s unfortunate to read statements from the union when they haven’t bothered to engage us. They should have suspended it for another month or so instead of coming with such unpopular decisions. What will you tell your sponsor?”
His counterpart Mwamba Rugby president Alvas Onguru said, “We still have a long way to go hence no hurry. They should have engaged us in a teleconference to discuss the situation. Our sponsors will be asking for answers. This high-handedness must end at the Union.”
Both Kenya Cup and KRU Championship were due for the playoffs on March 14 with the semi-finals due March 21. The finals had been planned for April 4. The Enterprise Cup semi-finals were due March 28 with the finals scheduled for April 18.
They were all gutted by the decision in what they referred to as dictatorship. All clubs had little left to play and the promotion and relegation team had been known. This came as the rugby teams set for the playoff. Something they feel should have been consulted or halt a little longer to mitigate the situation.