Homeless Mwamba RFC now appeal for government help

With their hunt for a new home ground running into a brick wall, Kenya Cup side Mwamba RFC are now appealing to the government to come to their aid.

Mwamba are homeless ahead of the new season after they were kicked out of their long-known home ground, the Nairobi Railways Club, to pave way for the construction of an expressway.

In a conversation with Citizen Digital, Mwamba RFC president Alvas Onguru lamented over the unavailability of training grounds around the capital and appealed to the government as well as the Kenya Rugby Union to intervene and help them secure a new training and playing ground.

“We currently don’t have a place to train in after we were kicked out of Nairobi Railways club to give room for the ongoing construction of the Nairobi expressway. We are really appealing to the government to help us get a new training and playing ground,” said Onguru.

With contact sport slowly resuming in the country after the government eased the health guidelines in fighting Covid-19, Onguru noted that this would be the opportune moment for the ‘Kulabu’ to secure a new home in readiness for Kenya Cup resumption.

Kenya Rugby Union chairman Oduor Gangla has confirmed that they are in contact with the Mwamba RFC leadership to try solve the debacle but also bemoaned the poor infrastructure that’s bedeviling most local rugby clubs.

“KRU supports all the clubs and we are willing to help Mwamba RFC over this matter. We have a big infrastructural problem for rugby in Kenya and this is really affecting our game.

In most areas the clubs use primary or secondary school training grounds which is a bit limiting in terms of how a team trains. Some grounds are shared by more than one team and that really limits how long a team trains,” he lamented.

Gangla has also expressed the Union’s willingness to ensure the Covid-19 prevention guidelines are followed, if the Ministry of Sports gives the green light for the resumption of national rugby leagues.

“Covid-19 is going to be with us for sometime and thus we must learn how to live with the disease. We can’t do anything from the technical part of the game, but we can ensure that we manage the risks. A lot of these guidelines require self regulation and it’s our belief that all clubs will ensure their players follow the rules and regulations,” Gangla explained.

The Ministry of Sports is yet to give directions on the resumption of contact sports in the country.