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KRFU chair Muthee looks forward to pivotal 2014

09 January 2014, 14:30

Nairobi - Kenya Rugby Union chair Mwangi Muthee is looking forward to what he believes will be a pivotal 2014.

Action kicks in South Africa this weekend but other highlights include Kenya XV playing in South Africa, Youth Academy taking off, a new constitution in place and bid committee for Safaricom Sevens being in the World Series to be launched.

Muthee is looking forward to what he says will be a bright year for all those involved with the Kenyan game.

“Under Paul Treu, the Sevens program is firmly in place and therefore we shall be concentrating on other matters such as the growth of the national [XV] side and their quest to play in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and Wales, the strengthening of our domestic leagues and a new constitution to guide the administration of the game the coming period ending after the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil” and lastly but not least “ Get Rugby its  Home” a Rugby Designated Stadium.

The KRU chairman paid glowing tribute to Treu’s management of the Kenya Sevens programme which this year will include launching a scouting project that will be focusing on all schools’ tournaments in order to pick the best talent.

Treu will guide the management of a national under-19 rugby academy which is already in place under the funding of UNICEF and the Kenya Government.

“The current camp for the Sevens squad in South Africa was arranged by Paul. A fantastic offer that cost us only Sh1,200 000 [With South Africa Domestic Flights Inclusive] For a similar project in England, prior to the last Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia, we paid Sh3 million. This is a huge saving and we are grateful to Paul and his contacts in South Africa, “Muthee said.

The KRU chairman confirmed that the National XV team will be taking part in this year’s provincial Vodacom League in South Africa.

“We have received confirmation from the South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) that we are 100% in. This will be a defining moment for our national team and a dress rehearsal for our stub at qualifying for the Rugby World Cup when we take on Namibia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar in the last hurdle [in Madagascar] in June.”

Muthee said debate, contributions and opinions  about a new KRU constitution and structures of administration at the Unions headquarters have now been concluded.

“When a new constitution is in place,” he said, “ The Role and  tenure of the Chief Executive Officer [CEO] of the Union, for example and Chief Finance officer [CFO] will become clearer, Stakeholders will be required to endorse  the new dispensation with the new constitution.”

The KRU chairman said it was the desire of the Union to pay all those involved in the game in the country, “from players, coaches and administrators decent salaries.”

He said: “Those involved in full-time administration should make decent living out of it. Our challenge is to raise the money. If we can pay a coach Sh800, 000 and upwards, a month, why should we not pay a CEO Sh500, 000,” he paused.

- News24


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