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Shock as no media centre at Safari 7s

Saturday October 19 2019

The empty container that is meant for the Press Centre at the ongoing Safari Sevens tournament at the RFUEA ground. PHOTO | AYUMBA AYODI |

The empty container that is meant for the Press Centre at the ongoing Safari Sevens tournament at the RFUEA ground. PHOTO | AYUMBA AYODI |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

AYUMBA AYODI
By AYUMBA AYODI
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Twenty-three years since inception of Safari Sevens, Kenya Rugby Union is still unable to provide a press centre for local and international media covering the tournament.

A container that houses a gymnasium was to be converted to a press centre but the media found it empty with nowhere to set up their equipment.

There was also no supply of electricity in the container what with the electronic scoreboard also not functioning.

Entry to the event also proved slow and chaotic with the online tickets failing to download.

That saw the media failing to cover the opening matches despite putting in early accreditation.

Getting the results and team sheets also proved a challenge.

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Interestingly, the rest of the areas, the VIP and sponsors tents were all well set.

"It shows how they really value the media," said a disgruntled local journalist. "It very disappointing right from entry to nowhere to file our stories from."

STRONG START

Kenya Morans and South Africa launched their quest for this year's title strongly whipping their Pool A opponents Uganda and Burundi 24-10 and 61-0 respectively.

Western Province also started their campaign on a good note beating Russia's Narvskaya Zastava 19-17 in Pool B.

Geoffrey Okwatch touched down twice for Morans as Dan Sikuta and Joel Inzuga contributed a try each. Ian Mabwa made two conversions.

Solomon Okia and Adrian Kasito scored a try each for Uganda.

Christoffel Grobellar and Impi Visser drilled down two tries each for Blitzbokke.

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