Kenya women’s sevens team, the Lionesses, can breathe a sigh of relief after successfully departing for the Dubai Sevens International tournament Wednesday, November 30.
According to reports, the Lionesses had experienced issues regarding their visas and were delayed in their departure.
Upon receiving news of their struggles Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba was quick to solve the matter and help them on their way.
“This afternoon I saw off the Kenya national women’s team travel to Dubai for the International tournament. The Lionesses had been left behind by the men’s team, Shujaas,” Namwamba stated.
The team which is led by Dennis Mwanja will face Tunisia, South Africa, and France Women Development in the two-day event.
Namwamba called out the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) for not being organized and has urged them to prioritize the welfare of the athletes.
Reports indicate that the KRU owes the male Shujaa program player and management 3 months of salaries as of the end of November 2022. In addition, the Lionesses are owed 5 months’ worth of training allowances.
“To be honest, the Kenya Rugby Union has not treated the players well and they must make it up to them. The player is the King, the player is the Queen. The players must become a top priority for the KRU,” he stated.
Taking to social media the day before departure, the Shujaa team embarked on an online appeal for funds after disclosing their current lack of funds prompting government intervention.
The Sports CS added that the Union would be audited in order to verify their use of funds from the government, World Rugby, and other sponsors.