KCB players after scoring in a past match. Photo Courtesy/Dennis Acre-Half

Kenya Rugby Union reverse season cancellation decision


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Kenya Rugby Union has reversed the decision to cancel the 2019/20 season.

According to a statement released on Monday evening, the Union has changed its earlier decision after consultations with clubs.

The clubs are expected to form a committee that will ensure that season is concluded with certain timelines. The season now remains suspended due to COVID-19 and not cancelled as earlier announced by the Union.

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The full statement by KRU Honorary Secretary Ian Mugambi states:

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“After further  consultations with clubs over the past one week regarding cancellation of the KRU calendar for the 2019/2020 season, the KRU is persuaded that stakeholders prefer a scenario where the season comes to a conclusion once the COVID-19 situation and its various restrictions ease,”

“KRU and Clubs have thus agreed to form a consultative committee to develop various scenarios and timelines under which the season can be concluded all factors considered.”

“With  this in mind, the 2019/2020 season then stands suspended and not cancelled as earlier communicated”

The season cancellation decision made 17 days ago had stated that there would be no promotion/relegation. The decision caused an uproar among clubs and fans. Clubs went on protest and appeal the decision.

The reversal decision means that the results as per the regular season stand.

Before the season was suspended, Impala and Mwamba were expected to face off in the Kenya Cup first playoffs match while Homeboyz were to tackle Oilers. Kabras and KCB were already in the semis.

Western Bulls and Kisumu had been relegated from the top tier same to Mombasa and Kisii in the second tier. Unbeaten Strathmore Leos and MMUST had qualified for the semis in the Championship. Mean Machine, USIU, Northern Suburbs and Egerton were awaiting the quarters.

The Nationwide was scheduled for the National quarters.

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