Kenya Shujaa: Uproar As Kenya 7s Players Reveal Payment Issues Ahead of Dubai and Cape Town Sevens

Kenya Shujaa: Uproar As Kenya 7s Players Reveal Payment Issues Ahead of Dubai and Cape Town Sevens

  • Kenya 7s national team players have opened up on their serious financial issues ahead of two important legs of the sevens circuit
  • The players have stated they haven't been paid for three months, lamenting the repercussions it has had on them and their loved ones
  • Kenyans have now called on the Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba to step in and look into the welfare of the players

Kenya 7s players have revealed the deep financial constraints bedevilling the side with two important competitions coming up.

Led by Willy Ambaka, the players have claimed they have not been paid for three months which has, in turn, negatively impacted them as they try to get into shape ahead of the Cape Town and Dubai 7s.

Willy Ambaka, Kenya Shujaa, Cape Town 7s, Dubai 7s
Willy Ambaka of Kenya scores a try against Jamaica during the Rugby Sevens at the Commonwealth Games at Coventry Stadium on Friday, 29th July 2022. Photo by Pat Scaasi.
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The players have now turned to the public to source for funding.

"Greeting to the Kenya 7s Family!

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As some of you may have heard we are now going on our third month without pay. Our lives and those of our loved ones have been greatly strained, even in our persistent effort to give you the desired outcomes on the pitch.
As we continue to train hard, we have had to deal with the daily life challenges of bills by digging through our savings and the efforts of a few local and international well-wishers."

Kenyans on social media turned their wrath on Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba, who recently visited Qatar, which is currently hosting the FIFA World Cup.

"Good morning, Ababu Namwamba. We hope you're enjoying your World Cup fan experience in Qatar. Kenyans are asking if the per diem we paid for you imebaki kidogo you send to the Mchanga Account of our Rugby team so they can represent our flag in Dubai and Cape Town. God bless you," said popular satirist Gabriel Oguda.

Shujaa are set to face Australia, South Africa and Great Britain, looking to make amends for the poor showing they put in in the Hong Kong 7s.

This is not the first time payment issues have rocked a national team. Their 15s counterparts, Kenya Simbas, reportedly went on a go-slow before their repechage tournament game against Hong Kong.

Namwmaba, the Ministry of Sports and the Kenya Rugby Union are yet to respond.

The appeal has also attracted the interest of former Head Coach Mike Friday who has asked the rugby community to help Shujaa. Friday is currently with US 7s.