Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairperson Richard Omwela has called on the national Sevens team Shujaa to maintain the tempo they have played with in the HSBC World Sevens series as they go into the final two legs in London and Paris, promising that their winning bonuses for the season will be settled soon.
“I give credit to the players and technical bench for looking beyond money when representing the country as they at times did so without allowances and their bonuses are yet to be paid. I urge them to finish strong and achieve the target they set for themselves at the beginning of the season,” said Omwela.
Shujaa are currently sixth on the table at 93 points, seven points away from making history by hitting the 100-point mark in the series. The team will be in action from June 2 at the penultimate round of series in London.
While admitting that the union’s former title sponsor, SportPesa, pulling away was a learning moment for them as it left them high and dry, Omwela is confident KRU will land new sponsors owing to the good showing of the national rugby teams.
“We are in talks with multiple sponsors bearing in mind that having several sponsors is safer so that players do not suffer when the plug is pulled by any of the sponsors,” the chairperson added.
Omwela was speaking during a ceremony where the union signed an eight-month partnership with Brand Kenya where all national team rugby players will be appointed as the country’s brand ambassadors.
“The money we are getting from Brand Kenya will help us bridge the gap between what we had with the title sponsor and what is needed now. It is not enough to cover all our bases but it is good money and the players’ allowances can now be paid,” he said.