KRFU to look into under-18 team troubles

The Kenya Rugby Football Union have embarked on a full investigation into the fiasco that led to harrowing experiences by the national under-18s team to Casablanca, Morocco for the Africa Rugby Confederation championship.

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The Kenya Rugby Football Union have embarked on a full investigation into the fiasco that led to harrowing experiences by the national under-18s team to Casablanca, Morocco for the Africa Rugby Confederation championship.

"We will get to the bottom of this matter. Apologies to the parents and the rugby are not enough" the Kenya Rugby Football Union chairman Richard Omwela assured after a KRFU board meeting on Thursday.

"There is no need for the anti-corruption or any other body to intervene because we have the mechanisms in place. But they are free to have a look at our books of accounts which are open if the proper procedure is followed."

There are three pertinent questions Omwela wants answered in two days. These are: Was the team booked on the Emirates Airline Flight to Casablanca via Dubai? "This should be easy because we just have to look at the passenger manifest," Omwela argues. If the team was not so booked, who was the agent responsible? Who gave the go ahead from the KRFU for the team to proceed to the airport without confirmed bookings? 

Omwela acknowledged that the International Rugby Board would also like an explanation. "But it is our moral duty to set things straight," he admitted. The KRFU chairman said it was improper for the government to be involved especially if they did not fund the trip.

"We were just a step from qualifying for the World Cup and have not received any government support, not even an acknowledgement especially when the rugby teams are the highest ranked team sport in the country at the moment," he commented.

Raymond Oruo, a top Kenyan referee has been selected to officiate the Africa Rugby Confederation Africa Cup semi-final match between South Africa Amateurs and Madagascar on October 7 in Johannesburg. 

The appointment was made by the CAR tournament Director Paul Sigombe and has Steven Ojambo (Uganda) and Chris Mamba (Zambia) as touch judges with Zimbabwe’s Mudiwa Mundawarara as the match commissioner.

In a related development, no Kenyan referees have been appointed for the International Rugby Board sevens circuit.

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