2023 National Prescott Cup cancelled

Kisii High School. Photo/Kisii School

This year’s edition of Prescott Cup Nationals won’t be happening as earlier scheduled as it has been cancelled in the last minute despite some schools being half way to Nairobi.

The tournament which was supposed to kick off on Thursday 12th October to 14th October,at the Ngong RFUEA Grounds has been put off.

Prescott Cup cancellation

According to a letter seen by Scrummage Africa addressed to schools, the Kenya Rugby Union pointed out examination preparations as a reason to call off the competition.

Vihiga High School receive trophy from KRU Director Oscar Mango. Photo Courtesy/Scrummage.

Vihiga High School receive trophy from Oscar Mango. Photo Courtesy/Scrummage.

“Following consultation and guidance from the relevant ministry, it has been advised that we opt for a later date for the tournament.This recommendation stems from the ongoing end-of-term examination in schools and the diligent preparation for the Kenya Secondary Certificate of Education (KCSE)” read part of the letter.

The Scrummage reached out to the Union development officer Ronald Okoth for a comment and confirmed the event wont happen.

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“We have been forced to cancel this year’s Prescott edition. The ministry has failed to give us the permission to hold the event. You know this being the third term you must get permission from the Ministry of education as they stipulated that there are functions to involve or being hosted in schools,” said Okoth.

He also noted that they had planned a better tournament than previous ones as this year’s would have seen the engagement of Talanta Hela, an initiative of the Ministry of sports as a way of developing talents.

Koyonzo players interact with KRU Directors Ochieng Ahaya and Moses Mukabane. PHOTO/Kakamega County

Koyonzo players interact with KRU Directors Ochieng Ahaya and Moses Mukabane. PHOTO/Kakamega County

“We had organized with Talanta Hela to come and scout for boys who would form a part of the national under-18 rugby team. Also on board were various universities who offer scholarships to talented rugby boys for their campus education.” added Okoth.

He said that they are contemplating finding a suitable date before schools close.  There were 10 schools which had qualified for the Prescott Cup nationals.

Prescott Cup qualified teams 

Koyonzo and Vihiga from western
Yala and Kisii from Nyanza
Alliance from central
St. Augustine from Eastern
Malindi high from Coast
Kabianga from Rift Valley
Ngong township and Ofafa Jericho from Nairobi.

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