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October 22, 2017

KRU transfer storm

Eden Agero of Quins tackles Homeboyz’s Cyprian Kuto
/ ENOS TECHE
Eden Agero of Quins tackles Homeboyz’s Cyprian Kuto / ENOS TECHE

Kenya Cup clubs are up in arms over the new transfer period introduced by the Kenya Rugby Union.

Some clubs argue that transfers should be carried out before the Sevens circuit while the union remain adamant that, according to the rule, transfers will be completed after circuit with some clubs like 2016 champions Kabras and losing semi-finalists Homeboyz having signed players for the upcoming season.

The deejays have already signed Impala trio of Mohammed Omollo, Kevin Ochami and Israel Soi from Impala and have also added Churchill Ooko from Strathmore and Brian Wandera from Quins.

Kabras have signed Nakuru trio of Mike Okombe, Coleman Were and Charlton Mokua with two further signings expected before the season starts. The top clubs were looking to boost their playing unit but will have to wait and see. KRU vice-chairman Thomas Opiyo yesterday said: “The season begins with the 15s season with the transfer beginning at the end of sevens circuit and end two weeks to the league. I know in previous seasons, players were signed in July and August but because we are starting the season late, we have no other option but to have the players moving later in the year,” added Opiyo.

National Sevens circuit begins on September 2 to October 21. The dilemma is that the Sevens circuit has been pushed forward by more than a month when most teams had planned to sign new players and start preparing them for the league, at least two months in advance.

KRU regulation 13 says transfers must be completed two weeks to the regular season. With Sevens calendar ending late in October, Kenya Cup is expected to have start sometime in December, meaning clubs will have less than four weeks to complete transfers and get ready for a new campaign.

The Kenya Cup season will be a 16-week campaign unlike the just concluded campaign which ended after 19 weeks. The shorter season is meant to give the Kenya Simbas adequate time to Prepare for the Rugby World Cup qualifiers next year.

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