Cabinet Secretary Sports Ababu Namwamba has promised that Government will support Kenya 7s chase for promotion back to the World Series.
Kenya were relegated during their final game at the London Sevens playoffs after losing 12-7 to Canada. The task ahead is to have the team back to the Series and Namwamba says they will help Shujaa actualize the dream.
Namwamba said this after he met Rugby Africa President Herbert Mensah where they discussed matters of rugby and the upcoming World Rugby U20 trophy tournament to be hosted in Kenya.
The CS believes the tournament will be the stepping stone to making Rugby teams in Kenya great again.
“I want to give you my full assurance and the government’s support to actualize this dream of getting the Shujaas back to where they belong, starting with the upcoming U20 games,” Namambwa said.
“The surest way of returning Kenya’s rugby to the elite table is by going back to basics and nurturing young talents. We are going to be intentional and deliberate in tapping the raw talents from our young players to aid our mission of getting back to the elite table,” he said.
Shujaas will be travelling to New York to participate in the New York City sevens tournament in July before focusing on their journey back to the world sevens series as they eye for the Africa Cup Scheduled for September in Zimbabwe.
The tournament will serve as the qualifier for the Paris 2024 as well as the World 7s Challenger Series. Should Shujaa qualify for the Challenger Series, they will compete against all the 12 other teams globally in the hope of qualifying back to the series.