Will Kenya Rugby polls restore credibility of the game?
By Raga House | Wed 06 Mar, 2019 09:40
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The KRU elections are around the corner and this particular election seems to be shaping up to be an epic duel between KRU Secretary General, Geoffrey Oduor Gangla and former KRU vice-chairman Sasha Mutai, a leading Quantity Surveyor in the city. 

There is another candidate, Asiko Owiro from KCB, but the focus is on the two i.e. Gangla and Sasha. Each of these gentlemen have played a role in the history of the game at the Union and can be judged by their achievements, contributions or association which aren´t hard to trace. 

Already, the contest is taking shape as one that could get potentially nasty and if the articles being generated by political guns for hire are anything to go by, then the gentleman’s sport is in for interesting times. 

Seems like some elements have borrowed from the country’s political sphere and adopted the perennial ever present political DNA that runs in majority of us and trying to transfer or infuse the same to bring disrepute in an otherwise peaceful environment. Such pollution cannot be allowed as it really should not be a winner takes all mentality as the game needs us all more than ever.  

But let’s take a minute and do a quick analysis on why anyone with the sport’s interest at heart would go this far to destroy the credibility of the game, an opposing candidate, players, stakeholders and most absurd, the government. 

What really is at stake? 
Why can’t we all be united in sharing ideas of how to save Kenya 7’s from relegation in the HSBC world series or how the Kenya Simbas can be at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France?

These are easier conversations to have than engage in anonymous gossip blog contests that serve individual interests far removed from the game.  

The current union has had its fair share of - for lack of a better term – a crisis prone regime that can only be compared to scenes from a drama series or local TV soap.

None of the game’s components were spared from technical bench musical chairs, lack of proper planning and subsequently missing an opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan (a really sad tale), player boycotts (though discipline is not an option) for lack of honoring contracts, lack of basic requirements such as medical cover, sponsors pulling out and complete disorganization in the board leading to poorly thought out broadcast partnerships and so much more.

All at the expense of the most important unit – the players, young men and women that put their bodies on the line to fly our country’s flag high and seek glory, yet this is how we “reward” them?

I’m yet to come across an army that went out to war unprepared and without the necessary equipment to do battle and expect victory.  

Nobody said it was going to be easy but collective responsibility cannot be ignored to suit certain narratives. When the interest of the game becomes secondary, there is, of course, bound to be repercussions and there have been far too many for comfort. But is it all gloom? Well, a few men and women have the answer and key to solutions come the 20th of March 2019. 

Does Rugby continue to sink lower into the abyss of oblivion or is there a chance to swallow our pride, drop the egos that got us here in the first place, pull together and reclaim its lost glory. 

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) are celebrating victories like qualifying for AFCON. It has definitely been a journey for the football federation with which KRU traded places; chaos and shambles all written over it. 

If we do not learn from history then history will punish us. We need to interrogate how we got here in the first place! Leadership is not a preserve for a few individuals but an integral part for any entity to succeed and there is an opportunity to make amends. 

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