Former Kenya rugby International Humphrey Kayange has appealed to the Kenya Rugby Union, KRU to adopt the administrative structures and policies of the game, in a bid to enhance the growth of the sport locally.
The ex Shujaa captain who was part of Team Kenya at the 2016 Rio Olympics and, currently serves as an Athletes’ Representative at the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, NOCK said KRU should strive to bring people on board who can run to fulfill the mission of the organization.
“I would want to look at it differently, where we are with rugby is we are moving from amateur and semi amateur to sort of professional environment. Things are changing around and world over the sport is moving and we don’t want to be left behind we should try to adopt to the changes” he said.
The 37-year-old affectionately nicknamed ‘Tall’ by his teammates and fans was nominated for IRB Sevens Player of the Year in 2009, before being awarded the Presidential Order of Golden Warrior (OGW) for services in sport in 2010.
He further said in improving the technical aspect of the game; the federation should ensure the philosophy is the same by having and training coaches in all levels from grassroots, community and club rugby.
“If we want to move rugby to the next level, KRU has to rope in coaches, train them from lower levels because the game has grown and it is being played all over the country. We all need to push in one direction and take a few steps forward, so that nothing is left hanging ahead of the next World Cup,” asserted Kayange.
In 2019 after his election, KRU President Oduor Gangla promised to revitalize the technical capacity of the game in the country; through churning of adequate coaches for a sport that has witnessed significant growth in the last decade.
Kayange played for Ulinzi RFC and when the team was disbanded, he joined Mwamba where he played with his younger brother and one of the IRB Sevens World Series top try scorers Collins Injera until his retirement in 2018.
He led Kenya to three consecutive Safari Sevens titles between 2008 and 2010 and was part of the Kenya Sevens squad that won Singapore 7s main cup in 2016, under former national team coach Benjamin Ayimba.
He played 66 tournaments in the World Sevens series, and two World Cup tournaments.