The Star (Nairobi)

28 February 2013

Kenya: Sevens Players Issue Threat

The national rugby Sevens team was yesterday thrown into confusion as some senior players threatened to boycott the Hong Kong 7s after the suspension of dependable winger Collins Injera.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) dropped Injera on Tuesday for what they termed as 'indiscipline and absconding of duty.'

In what seems to be another case of country versus club, KRU are said to have terminated Injera's contract after he failed to turn up for training on Friday.

Injera had earlier been suspended by his local side, Mwamba RFC alongside Dennis Ombachi and Horace Otieno, after failing to honour their Kenya Cup semi-final where the team went on to lose 18-15 to Strathmore Leos.

The national team started their training camp last week in preparation for next month's Hong Kong and Japan legs of the World Series.

Following the sacking, some players have vowed to stay away from the team in solidarity with Injera, who has been an inspiration for the team and is rated as one of the best prospects in the HSBC IRB World Series.

One of the players, who sought anonymity for fear of victimisation alleged that Injera has been denied a chance to argue his case as he is caught between his internship with a local company, his club Mwamba and the national team. The 2009 Kenya Sportsman of the Year is a student at Daystar University undertaking a course in mass communication.

A section of the players feel they may also fall victims to the same circumstances considering the national team is an amateur side and they are forced to attend to other commitments including job a and school.

Injera received the Order of Golden Warriors award from President Mwai Kibaki in 2010 alongside his brother and former captain Humphrey Kayange. He emerged the top try scorer in the World Series in 2008-2009 season with 42 tries.

The events are unfolding at a time when the national coach Mike Friday is out of the country and is not expected until next week. Kenya is drawn against circuit leaders New Zealand, France and USA for the Hong Kong leg.

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