Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sevens coach Friday says Injera’s contract still remains cancelled

Kenya Sevens rugby team head coach Mike Friday gives instructions to his players on August 3, 2012 during a training session at Kasarani. Friday insists winger Collins Injera’s contract with the national team still stands cancelled. Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO.

Kenya Sevens rugby team head coach Mike Friday gives instructions to his players on August 3, 2012 during a training session at Kasarani. Friday insists winger Collins Injera’s contract with the national team still stands cancelled. Photo/CHRIS OMOLLO.  NATION

By AYUMBA AYODI [email protected]

Kenya Sevens head coach Mike Friday insists that Collins Injera’s contract still remains cancelled even as his club, Mwamba RFC lifted his suspension.
Mwamba secretary-general, George Mbaya, Thursday confirmed that Injera’s suspension had been lifted along with that of two other players Horace Otieno and Dennis Ombachi after a successful appeal.
“We have decided to lift the suspension since it makes no sense to keep fighting over something we can sort out internally,” said Mbaye.
Mbaye said they will convene a meeting with the players to settle the disputes amicably.

Mwamba last week suspended the three players for eight weeks for failure to feature in their Kenya Cup semi-final match against Strathmore, which they lost 15-18.
Friday had instructed his players not to engage in competitions after their arrival from the Wellington and Las Vegas legs of the IRB World Sevens Series.

However, Friday said the door was still open for Injera since and he is fully aware of what needs to do to return to the team.
Friday’s take
“I truly hope he does the right thing. He is a great player; a winner who has so much to give to his country,” said Friday.
Earlier, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) National Squads and Elite Performance director Philip Jalangó said Injera has to put in a written apology before being allowed back in the team.
“I am fully aware of the current situation and I am in agreement with the decision,” said Friday who explained that the circumstances surrounding Injera’s failure to attend national sevens team’s training are well documented.
“It has been clearly explained to Injera what the position is and that if certain individuals are misleading him or threatening him, they are doing so without his best interest,” said Friday.
“As such Injera had decisions to make and he chose not to resume training and listen to those individuals.He is a big personality and player in the squad and he will be missed for the remainder of the season and that will affect our chances.”
However, Friday said time doesn’t stand still and the team will move on as Kenya has exciting young attacking wingers who will step and perform.

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