Leos, KRU at loggerheads over playoffs berth
Strathmore Leos and Kenya Rugby Union(KRU) are at loggerheads with the former’s head coach Louis Kisia threatning to storm the Kenya Rugby Union offices Monday claiming that the union has a motive of taking away their playoff semifinal berth.
The former Mwamba RFC back row claims the Union want to deny them the spot which they earned fairly after honouring their weekend match against Masinde Muliro University.
The Kenya Cup standings show that Kenya Harlequins are fourth with 25 points and Leos are fifth with 22 points, with Kisia saying they honoured and played their match against MMUST winning 34-12 and didn’t give away a walkover as the union claims.
“We made the trip from Nairobi to Nandi to play MMUST which we both honoured but unfortunately as the standings say we still have a tussle with the union, so we will take it with KRU on Monday and see how it goes,” said Kisia.
However, Kenya Rugby Union through the director of rugby Thomas Odundo has disputed their claims saying they’ll publish the official Kenya Cup standings later.
Leos shift focus to their Wednesday encounter against Mwamba RFC in their last match of the regular season which Kisia is optimistic of winning.
“We had an agreement between ourselves, Masinde Muliro, Mwamba and the union to ensure that we have the Wednesday fixture, so we’re going to honour that fixture. On Wednesday by 4:30 pm we’ll be in the pitch to play Mwamba,” added Kisia.
He went ahead to say they’ll play Mwamba RFC and if the latter fails to honour the match they’ll take the four points and progress to the playoffs semi finals.
“We wanted to finish top five in the Kenya Cup which we have attained because we’re currently sitting number four in the league which means we’ve surpassed our target,” said Kisia.
“In the semis we’ll give a good account of ourselves as well, if we get a win we’ll take it if we get a loss we’ll have achieved what we had set for this season,” he added.
Kabras Sugar, KCB RFC and Menengai Oilers have already booked their semi final tickets.