Kisumu County will host the 2019 Elgon Cup encounter pitting Kenya Simbas and Uganda Cranes set for 22nd of June 2019.
According to the Kenya Rugby, Kisumu tabled a bid to host the clash which is the biggest derby in the region.
Their request has been approved and this will kick start the Union’s plan to decentralize of the international fixtures.
KRU vice chairman Thomas Opiyo has urged other clubs to bid for upcoming fixtures.
“Having the match take place in Kisumu is part of the KRU Strategies to decentralize the international fixtures. Other Clubs are also encouraged to tender in their bids to host other internationals going forward since it plays a big role in boosting their infrastructures as well as growing the game. Already Clubs have shown that they are capable of drawing huge crowds and we have seen this from Kisumu during the #Dala7s which attracts the largest crowd during the Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit,” Opiyo is quoted by KRU.
Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o said: “This is the second time we are having a launch with Rugby in Kisumu County and hopefully not the last. Our aim is to make sure we fully support sports in the County so that the Nation can have a building ground for its athletes and sportsmen with support from the County. Devolution means that everyone in the Country in all areas of life feels included.”
Kenya will start off its sessions in mid May after the conclusion of the 15s season.