Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela has confirmed that they will be holding a meeting with the sports PS Amb Kirimi Kaberia on Thursday over a possible government support after the exit of SportPesa.
Omwela says they might be forced to drop some of their programs if the government doesn’t come to their rescue.
“We will be meeting the Sports PS this Thursday. We presented our budget and we hope it be considered. It is hard to get a new sponsor now as many companies have already closed their 2018 budget, “stated Omwela.
SportPesa was the lead sponsor of KRU as it was sponsoring Kenya 7s, Kenya 15s and Kenya Lionesses.
Omwela has however refuted reports that Kenya 7s might pull out of the World series. “For Kenya Sevens we cannot pull out of the World Sevens Series because we are a core team and World Rugby covers things like transport and accommodation.
However, might not be able to provide things like salaries and allowances if we do not get help from the government.”
The least paid Kenya Sevens player earns Ksh 100,000 per month before tax while the highest paid earns Ksh 165,000 after tax.
He says they might be forced to drop players allowances due to the recent situation.
“We had committed these allowances because we knew we had a sponsor but this will now drop things if we don’t get help,” added Omwela.
Kenya Sevens heads to Sydney and Hamilton legs of the World Sevens Series later this month.