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Turmoil as Kenya Sevens coaches sent packing

15 July 2015, 14:23

Nairobi - The Kenya national rugby sevens team is in turmoil after the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) reportedly sacked deputy coach Vuyo Zangqua and fitness coach Graham Bentz.

The South African pair was apparently told to vacate the houses and hand over the vehicles given to them by the association before being handed plane tickets home.

The KRU explained the move by saying the high performance programme, which Zangqua and Bentz spearheaded, had been stopped.

The two have so far refused to leave the country, saying they still have obligations to the team, despite the closing of the programme, because their contracts run until September 2016.

Bentz believes the move is an attempt to shift blame rather than acknowledge the deep-seated problem that needs to be addressed.

"Now that there is a problem, they now want us out instead of focusing on the real issues," Bentz told Daily Nation Sport.

"The players have not been paid for three months. What we are saying is that we haven't boycotted training. It's just that we have no means to take us to training.

"Someone just can't give us air tickets and expect us to leave when we have contracts with the union. How do they expect us and the players to go for training without salaries?"

Zangqua said he was reluctant to leave because no concrete reason has been explained to them yet and he feels like the issue is unresolved.

"We shall stay in Nairobi to continue working. Flying back to South Africa now would be a waste of money. It is virtually impossible for us to travel until our issues have been resolved," he said.

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