Financial constraints have locked out Ugandan and Tanzanian sides from this year’s regional Enterprise Cup that gets under way on October 3.
The championship, which requires Sh2 million to organise, could meanwhile be without a sponsor after last year’s facilitators, mobile telephony service providers Zain, backed out.
According to the draw released by Kenya Rugby Football Union (KRFU), this year’s event has been reduced a local affair as no confirmations have been received from Pirates RFC and Arusha RFC, who represented Uganda and Tanzania, respectively, last year.
They all fell to Kenyan clubs in the first round matches.
“We don’t want to include them in the draw and later on award teams walkovers. On the other hand, we are shopping for a sponsor since Zain are not coming on board this time round,” said Gacheo.
Nakuru Rugby Football Club, traditionally known as Wanyore, start their Enterprise Cup title defence on Day One with a tricky tie against Nondescripts at the Nakuru Athletics Club. The semi-finals will be on October 10 and the final on October 17.
Nakuru, who ended a 45-year wait for the coveted crown, will miss Vincent Mose and seven other key players.