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Friday for rugby Sevens World Cup

05 June 2013, 16:01 John Kwoba

Nairobi - Mike Friday will after all lead Kenya to the World Cup, but the country will have to pay through its nose for his service should he pen a new contract after July.

Friday will on Thursday name his squad for the 2013 World Cup, which will be played in Moscow, Russia starting on June 28. However, many stakeholders are bolting on him earning at least 30,000 U.S. dollars a month in salaries.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Mwangi Muthee said on Wednesday the decision to retain Friday, an Englishman, is not his alone, but has several stakeholders.

"It is not up to me to hire or fire Friday. He has delivered since we appointed him. But whether he will be in charge next season is not an issue I can discuss now," said Muthee.

Friday has indeed succeeded to lure the Kenya Rugby Union to take the team to a training camp in London for two weeks ahead of the World Cup. That will cost Kenya over 30,000 U.S. dollars

Kenya has been drawn in Pool C alongside Zimbabwe, the Philippines and Samoa at the World Cup. With 24 teams taking part, the six pool winners and the two best runners-up book their berths to the Main Cup quarter finals.

Friday in his debut season with Kenya, guided the team to finish fifth with 99 points. This is the highest spot Kenya has finished, the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Series was started in 1999.

Now the challenge is to replicate the same consistence and performances at the World Cup.

"We have bonus line up should they reach the finals in Moscow. It will not just be us, but even the government will chip in. This is the World Cup and we are taking it seriously and we want Friday to succeed with the boys," said Muthee.

Kenya intends to travel to London on June 16 for a training camp, where they will be close to Friday, who has been having only one week sessions with the team in Nairobi prior to its departure to the IRB World Series.

This is one of the reasons why many directors at the KRU have raised quashing the commitment of Friday, a former England international, with the team.

The team was this week boosted by the arrival of former captain Humphrey Kayange who linked up with the squad in preparation for the World Cup that kicks off in Moscow starting on June 28.

Muthee rescinded unpopular decision to sack Friday after the conclusion of the World Series and is set to stand by his prized asset ahead of the World Cup.

Although Muthee was aware that Friday was unwanted by many of his board, he decided to stick with him, especially after Kenya did well in Series.

So when his junior in charge of national team Philip Jalang went public about the sacking of Friday, Muthee immediately revoked it saying it was premature.

Friday's has been holding on hope that his show with Kenya will be noticed back home and be able to replace Ben Ryan as the England Sevens coach and eventually coach the Britain Team to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics, where Kenya will also be playing.

Friday's influence back home is being felt after he convinced its officials to have Britain Sevens team kitted by Samurai Sports, the same outfit where Friday is a director.

Kenya is also kitted by Samurai, the privately owned English company. Before it was Gilbert that supplied Kenya kit. Kenya has also been kitted by KooGa.


Pool A: Australia, France, Spain, Tunisia

Pool B: South Africa, Scotland, Russia, Japan

Pool C: Samoa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Philipines

Pool D: New Zealand, USA, Canada, Georgia

Pool E: Fiji, Wales, Tonga, Uruguay

Pool F: England, Argentina, Portugal, Hong Kong, China


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