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Treu admits missing experienced players

15 October 2014, 15:04

Nairobi - Following a disappointing outing for Kenya at the season-opening Gold Coast Sevens, coach Paul Treu admitted that his side will continue to struggle without the 18 players who were axed following a contract dispute.

Treu's makeshift team collected just two points in Australia, and the coach was hopeful that a planned meeting with the axed players alongside the director of national squads Dennis Ombui on Wednesday would help solve the grievances.

Collins Injera, Biko Adema, Horace Otieno, Patrice Agunda, Oscar Ouma, Oscar Ayodi, Dan Sikuta, Michael Wanjala, Billy Odhiambo, Dennis Ombachi, Eden Agero, Michael Agevi - all are among the players currently refusing to take the field after the Kenya Rugby Union’s performance contact and medical insurance guidelines, among other contract stipulations.

"When it comes to our experienced players who are on strike, we will engage with them within two or three days to see who among them will get back to the system because irrespective of what has happened we need our players back and we need to get into contention. We cannot afford to go to another Bowl or Shield final," said Treu.

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"We want to hear their grievances and if they are ready to work with our terms as the technical bench since we want players who are committed to the cause, we will take them back.

Treu also hopes to qualify for the 2016 Olympics but admits that will be a tough task without the striking players.

"We will not achieve that if we leave some of our best players behind. The union is making sure the boys come back to our setup," he added.

Despite their disappointment at the Gold Coast Sevens, Treu believes his young and inexperienced outfit performed well considering the circumstances.

They managed two wins against American Samoa and Japan, while losing to South Africa, Wales, Portugal and Canada.

"Everyone is very disappointed that we finished so low in terms of points but if you look in perspective at the squad that we took new and young players, the guys managed to achieve and we were so close against Wales that could have seen us in the quarters," said True.

"The comeback was good irrespective of the results the guys showed potential because they are committed, disciplined and really want to play for Kenya Sevens and a lot of them we will retain them."

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