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Kenya 15s assistant coach resigns

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New Kenya 15s head coach Ian Snook (right) chjats with his assistant Murray Roulston (left) when they met the squad for the first time on April 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 28 – Just a day before the Kenya 15s team host Zimbabwe in their second Africa Gold Cup match cum 2019 World Cup qualifier, the assistant coach New Zealander coach Murray Roulston announced his resignation on Thursday citing lack of work permit and delay in payments.

Roulston threw the bombshell moments after head coach Ian Snook announced the team to face Zimbabwe at the RFUEA Grounds.

The assistant coach revealed that alongside Snook, they have not been given the work permit as promised and have been experiencing delays in payments.

“There are issues of payment not only to myself but from players technical bench as well as the head coach Snook. We have been promised a lot f things but a little has been done. We were promised to get the work permit in three weeks since our arrival but its nearly 90 days and we have not gotten it,” Roulston said.

“We thought things will be better before we left New Zealand but we are totally getting different things.  We were promised reimbursements from what we paid before we left New Zealand but it took a lot of weeks before being sorted and I even don’t think it has been paid 100 percent,” an agitated Roulston added.

“You will think that the Kenya Rugby Union would learn from the Sevens saga and get their rights together but  it’s very disappointing, we have made all the sacrifices to be here, the player have done everything we could ask for them under the circumstances and unfortunately it has come to this.

Snook, who alongside Roulston were appointed March 19, remains the head coach with Dominique Habimana being his assistant.

This comes as the Kenya Simbas seek to qualify for the 2019 World Cup to be hosted in Japan, and it may hinder the teams preparations as they look to pick a second consecutive win a week after beating Morocco away 28-24.

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