Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Director of Competitions and Fixtures, Chiro Nyinge confirmed the latest development during the launch of the 31st Impala Floodlit that will be used by the teams involved to prepare for the competition that kicks off in three weeks time.
Eldoret and Mombasa are the two sides added to the rooster to make the premier domestic15s competition expanded to 14 instead of 12.
“We have always used this tournament as the pre-season; this is where you will find most clubs testing new players they have acquired.
“This is like the sevens circuit that culminated with the Safaricom 7s, so this is where the 15s will sharpen their skills ahead of the league which I believe all clubs are out there to achieve,” the director stated.
He added, “This journey started three years ago where we agreed to take rugby to greater heights, the game was only played in Nakuru, Nairobi and Mombasa, now we have expanded to Kisumu and Western.
“Ideally 14 are the sides that we look to maintain because it will enable us select players for the national team.”
Impala Rugby Football Club chairman, Oduor Gangla said they have upgraded the quality of lighting that was a major challenge last year.
“The biggest constraint is the cost, but we are very grateful the Union has supported this tournament for many years.
“Impala is very well prepared for floodlit because this is our event and our objective is to emerge winners,” Gangla told.
“Security is a major concern and we discussed the issue with Police who will put in place strong measures to ensure all the participants are looked after during this event.
“I urge fans to turn out in large numbers to support their teams,” the club boss urged.
The tourney will kick off on Saturday and run for three weekends as teams compete for Sh200, 000 top prize for winners in the club category while Universities will pocket Sh60, 000.