Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba has announced construction of a high performance centre for rugby development in the country.
Today, the CS announced that the facility will cater for all rugby as a sport, said while hosting Shujaa, the 7s team that qualified for Olympic Games after beating South Africa at the Africa Qualifiers in Harare Zimbabwe over the weekend.
“I had the privilege a couple of years ago of traveling to Stellenbosch, South Africa where the Blitzbokke train. We need to replicate that in the country with all the good facilities,” said the CS.
Namwamba said the country has abundant talent, from clubs to the school ecosystem, and should, therefore be punching above their weight in the near future.
“I know we have punched above our weight for the longest time but I want to advise the chairman, Sasha Mutai, that we need to go deeper and tap the talent by putting the relevant structures in place,” added Namwamba.
The CS lauded Shujaa’s achievement and hoped it was the start of a journey that would culminate in the side regaining their core status on the World rugby Series as well as fighting for the gold medal in Paris next year.
The CS hoped that Kenya Lionesses would follow Shujaa and Malika Strikers in qualifying for Paris when they battle at the continental qualifiers in Tunisia next month.