Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Richard Omwela has called on the corporate sector to come on board and support Vancouver Sevens silver medallists Kenya Sevens.
Speaking during a luncheon hosted by their transport partner, Isuzu at the Laico Regency hotel yesterday, Omwela also expressed gratitude to the government for standing by the union since their main sponsor terminated their five-year partnership while calling for more financial support.
“We gave the government our entire budget of about Sh124 million for one year to cover all disciplines, sevens, 15s and women’s rugby but we are yet to get a reply. It is not always easy to get a sponsor that quickly.
The SportPesa deal was a five-year contract and their termination is a blow,” said Omwela, adding that the government has issued KRU with part of their earlier agreed allowances and remuneration.
“We have received the first bit and we have been assured we will be receiving the remaining soon,” he added. KRU is also in talks with manufacturing giants Bidco Africa for a possible front shirt-sponso
rship deal. “Bidco approached us to have the front shirt space but their budget right now is below what we are asking for. The minimum amount that space can go for is Sh60 million,” he added.
Isuzu communications manager Dancan Muindi said: “Shujaa put in an exemplary show and are not surprised by the good performance they recorded in Vegas and Vancouver. We followed through their build up over the two legs and we knew they had what it takes to bag a medal. As their transport partner we will continue the journey with Shujaa,” said Muindi.
Head coach Innocent Simiyu is also hoping the financial situation will be sorted soon so that the team can focus on performance on the pitch as he prepares his squad for the remaining assignments.
“We only have one long-term injury, Dennis Ombachi who is still out and he will be returning by the time we head to London Sevens. Oscar Ayodi is back but the squad will be selected during training,” said Simiyu.