NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 –Western Bulls scrum half Erastus Wanyama has been handed a four week ban after being sent off for a dangerous tackle during his side’s Kenya Cup 8-41 loss away to KCB December 10, 2016.
KRU Judicial Official Bernard Itebete ruled that the player expressed remorse during the hearing and does understand that action of this nature during the run of play will expose danger to what is already a high impact sport.
“He understood the danger exposed to the tackled player and in light of the need to create a safer playing environment, I feel that the offence should face a low end sanction of 4 weeks including time served already. This will be effective in the active rugby season,” the ruling read.
Wanyama will be eligible to play from 11th February 2017 after sitting out his side’s clashes against Mean Machine, Mwamba, Top Fry Nakuru and Kenya Harlequin.
-Tony Owuor ruled out for 2017-
Meanwhile, Homeboyz aceTony Owuor has been ruled out for action for the better part of 2017 after undergoing a knee injury at the close of 2016.
Homeboyz Team Manager Simon Odongo confirmed that Owuor will be out for six months plus four months of rehabilitation which means the earliest he could return will be November when the new Kenya Cup season will be starting.
“He went for surgery last month (December) and unfortunately it will take six months plus four rehab months. He will of course come back stronger and we wish him all the best,” Odongo confirmed.
Owuor suffered the knee injury during the 2016 Nanyuki 7s final against KCB where he was making his Homeboyz debut after signing from Kenya Cup side Strathmore Leos at the end of 2015/2016 Kenya Cup season.
Owuor will miss the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers but he has the whole of 2018 to prove his fitness to head coach Jerome Paarwater may Kenya Simbas qualify for the 2019 global showpiece to be held in Japan.
“It feels disappointing because I wanted to help Homeboyz win the Kenya Cup but I will come back in a strong way. Missing the World Cup qualifiers is also gutting but I will prove myself when I return and optimistic we will go to Japan,” Owuor said.
Owuor joins new signing Charles Omondi on the sidelines as the latter is nursing a leg injury with the earliest return date set to be April 2017. Omondi, alongside Owuor, Cyprian Kuto, Michael Wanjala and Humphrey Owuor joined the Deejayz from Leos.
-By Kenya Cup official website and Raga House-