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Sewe out as Kenya sevens purge begins

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Kenya national sevens captain, Andrew Amonde in action against Australia. PHOTO/File

Kenya national sevens captain, Andrew Amonde in action against Australia. PHOTO/File

NAIROBI, August 20 – Kenya Rugby Union boss Richard Omwela has made good of his threat to crack the whip on the national sevens technical bench after failing to renew the contract of Team Manager, Steven Sewe.

The Union boss had in June declared to take action on the team’s management after they joined the players in going on strike to press for two-month salary and bonus arrears.

The Union has gone ahead to advertise the Team Manager position to replace the long serving Sewe who told Capital Sport he opted to resign.

“The Board of the Union is desirous of filling the position of the Team Manager, Kenya sevens national team accountable to the Board through the Chief Executive Officer for then effective overall management  of the Kenya sevens team.

“The Team Manager will provide strategic leadership to the entire team in line with the Board direction and resolution. The Team Manager will report to the National Squads Management Committee through the Chief Executive Officer,” part of the advertisement read.

Sewe who faced the Union’s disciplinary committee a fortnight ago, however states he is yet to receive all his dues.

“After seeing things are not adding up, I decided to resign but they are yet to pay me all my money. The Union tells me they have no money so I should wait and until I get my dues, I will not clear with them since I’m the one who holds the Union’s credit card,” Sewe, who was appointed in 2012 by the then chairman, Mwangi Muthee told.

The future of assistant coach, Vuyo Zangqa and strength and conditioning coach, Graham Bentz is uncertain after they we summoned by the disciplinary committee on Thursday concerning the same issue.

After over 30 minutes of grilling, the pair’s verdict will be decided on Friday pending Wednesday’s ruling.

South Africans, Zangqa and Bentz who were appointed alongside former head coach, Paul Treu in 2013, have their contracts running until September next year with the fate of Felix ‘Toti’ Ochieng’ hanging in the balance.

However, with the 2016 Olympics Games Africa qualifiers set for November in South Africa, the Union is yet to form a team after the players contract expired in July.

 

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