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Friday’s contract due for review after World Cup

OMBACHI-ENGLANDNAIROBI, Kenya, May 16- Feuding Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) top officials met Wednesday and declared national rugby sevens coach, Mike Friday, would be in charge for the June Sevens World Cup in Russia before his contract is reviewed.

In what appeared to be a Biblical Solomic decision meant to pacify warring parties in the Union, chairman, Mwangi Muthee, issued a statement that condemned infighting amongst the top brass that stole the headlines at the expense of the team’s record performance at the HSBC World Series.

“The performance of the Kenya Rugby Sevens team during the just concluded season brought happiness to millions of Kenyans. The team also earned admiration worldwide.

“However, publicity surrounding alleged changes to the team’s coaching staff stole the limelight that the team rightfully deserves for being acclaimed as one of the top five teams in the world,” Muthee said in a press communique.
“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has this evening held a board meeting to address this issue and has taken action.

“Mike Friday will handle Kenya at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow. He will however undergo a review of the just ended season on 30th May and once we do the review, we will let everybody know the step,” the chair, who reversed the sacking of the Englishman moments after the Director of National Teams and Elite Performances at the Union, Philip Jalang’o had fired the head coach on Tuesday added.

“As far as the KRU is concerned, Mike Friday will handle the team up to the World Cup, and the outcome of the review will be communicated to everyone.

“However, while congratulating everyone associated with the great performance of the National Sevens team, as the chairman of the KRU, I wish to offer my sincere apologies to all our benefactors, Kenyan citizens, our sponsors for the recent actions which may seem to have poured cold water on the exemplary performance of the boys,” Muthee offered in extending the Union’s Mea Culpa after bungling the Friday issue.

“The recent utterances and actions lacked in decorum, and were issued in the heat of the moment. However, after a tempering of passions, all will be well. Our focus now returns to the building of our sport as we prepare for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia from June 28 to 30,” he added in the contrition.

The chair had announced the sacking of Jalango, an elected official, from his role as the head of national teams and elite performances.

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KRU’s corridors have for sometime been an avenue of supremacy wars between officials keen on spreading the games to the masses versus those intent on maintaining it in the so called Nairobi’s Ngong Road axis comprising of outfits domiciled along one of the capital’s artery.

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