The Madrid7s tournament showed that we will be serious contenders at Olympics in July,says KRU Boss Oduor Gangla.
Kenya Rugby Union President Oduor Gangla has lauded the National men’s and women’s teams following their sterling performance at the just concluded Madrid Invitational 7s tournament.
Speaking this morning during the homecoming breakfast at a Nairobi Hotel, after the team landed from Spain, where they were part of the contingent that took part in the Madrid7s on 20th/21st and 27th/28th February,Gangla said the performance of the two teams is a curtain raiser of what is expected to happen at the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo,Japan.
“I must mention that Madam CS has been a very strong supporter of KRU and our National Teams. She very graciously accepted to be the patron of our National Women’s team. Her positivity is what stands out even in the face of adversity and, as a Union we’re very grateful for her support towards the teams.Given that we haven’t had competitive rugby in about one year, the Madrid7s tournament showed that we will be serious contenders at Olympics in July. To the players who put their bodies on the line, to the technical benches lead by Innocent Simiyu and Felix Oloo, I know it’s a lot of work to get the teams looking this good on the pitch”
On the first weekend, the ladies finished sixth but upon working on their challenges, they improved their performance and finished in the runners up position in the second tournament while Shujaa finished as runner’s up in both tournaments.
On his part,Chief Executive Officer of Sports Fund Mark Wambugu, said they would continue supporting the teams in their quest to prepare sufficiently ahead of the Summer games,where they hope to better on their previous performance in Rio,Brazil.
“We’re very honored to be here in front of these gallant men and women who I had the pleasure of accompanying to Madrid these last two weeks. What I can say is that they have both done us proud. A few promises were made and fulfilled and that’s just the beginning of our support. I was very impressed by what I saw and we have identified gaps and with the assistance of the KRU, we will see how to enhance the potential witnessed in Spain.” he asserted.
Ministry of Sports Secretary Josephine Onunga also present during the function to represent the bereaved Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr Amina Mohamed, emphasized on the Government commitment to offer the teams much needed support.
“On behalf of the government, we are very excited and honored to host you for this breakfast after achieving such a feat at the Madrid7s. The government celebrates you for flying the flag very high and it has put aside resources to support and help you in your training facilities and in other assignments that will help your preparations for the Olympics so as to ensure we maintain our feat in the rugby world.” she stated.
The players are expected to self-isolate for the next few days after which they will have their covid19 tests before resuming training.