Ahead of this year’s Rugby Africa Gold Cup, the Kenya Rugby Union is considering pulling out due to financial constraints.
After losing headline sponsor SportPesa, the Union presented it’s budget of Ksh 124M but this is yet to be fully furnished ahead of the international season.
“The Kenya Rugby Union wishes to clarify that it has only received Ksh 31m out of a budget of Ksh 124m that was presented to and accepted by the Ministry of Sport after our headline partner pulled out,” a statement from the Kenya Rugby Union reads in part.
The union met with the Ministry of Sports on January 10 and presented the budget two days later.
“A second meeting with the Ministry took place on January 15 before the K.R.U received a payment of Ksh 31m in early February. This amount has been used to support our national squads in various assignments and we thank the Government for this,” the statement adds.
The Kenya Simbas are supposed to take part in the Gold Cup, which will also act as a qualifier to next year’s world cup.
Their campaign is scheduled to start with a clash with Morocco on June 23.
The national sevens team, Shujaa are also preparing for the sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco in July.
“In the absence of Government support, K.R.U is considering pulling all its representative squads out of international assignments.”