JUNIOR TEAMS

Kenya Under 20 to camp in South Africa ahead of Rio if….

Kenya U20 squad will camp in South Africa next month as they prepare for the World Junior Rugby Trophy set for Rio, Brazil from the 9-21 of July if the budget submitted to Ministry of Sports is approve.

Chipu Team manager Jimmy Mnene, the union has already presented its budget of 15 million shillings to the ministry of sports for funding that will see the junior team’s preparations go on as planned if approved.

“We are working within our means to ensure the boys remain focused for the task in Brazil. The Union forwarded a budget of Sh15 million to the Sports Ministry a few days ago. If these funds are made available in good time, we will travel to South Africa end of June to play a friendly match against a team in South Africa,” Mnene told Nation Sport.

“We also hope some of the players in the team will get the chance to feature in Elgon Cup when Kenya plays Uganda,”

Kenya had to overcome stiff competition from Namibia in the final held at the KCB Ruaraka grounds to grasp a 21-18 win that assured them qualification in this year’s competition Brazil. Chipu had earlier blown off Tunisia by 73-0 to book Namibia in the finals.

Kenya is in group A alongside USA, Japan and Uruguay, a tough group by any means according to coach Odera because the other teams in the group are regular campaigners in the competition. Kenya last made an appearance in 2009 when they hosted the tournament.

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