Coach Mwika resigns as financial crunch bites hard at Meru RFC


Coach Mwika resigns as financial crunch bites hard at Meru RFC
Former Meru RFC head coach Patrick Mwika (in red cap) during a past match

In Summary

  • KRU Central Nationwide  side Meru RFC head coach Patrick Mwika has resigned over what he termed as “lack of the players' commitment" in training sessions.
  • Speaking exclusively to Citizen Digital, the former Meru RFC flanker said that the players don’t come to the training sessions and only show up during match day which has made them lose four games in eight games.

KRU Central Nationwide  side Meru RFC head coach Patrick Mwika has resigned over what he termed as “lack of players’ commitment” in training sessions.

Speaking exclusively to Citizen Digital, the former Meru RFC flanker said that the players don’t come to the training sessions and only show up during match day which has made them lose four games in eight games.

“It’s very annoying to turn up for training sessions and find two or three players, and during match day, all the squad is available, that’s shows lack of respect and commitment from the players,” an irked Mwika told Citizen Digital.

“Last year at such a time we were doing very well, at the top three on the standings, but at the moment we’ve lost four games in the last eight matches going down to position five which is a clear indication of lack of preparedness,” said Mwika.

Mwika noted that his decision to walk away had nothing to do with ‘bad relationship’ with the management. The club has been undergoing tough financial times, with the playing unit yet to be paid match allowances.

“The club is going through a lot; there is lack of funds which makes the club unstable forcing the management to go through rough times and are unable to cater for the club expenses,”  Mwika regretted.

“Sometimes players are forced to go deep into their pockets to look for transport for their away games and during our home matches there is no ambulance in the field to cater for injured players,” the former Meru RFC flanker said.

Mwika led his charges to the quarter-finals of the Nationwide league last season falling short  in their quest for a KRU Championship slot.

This year they featured at the Kabeberi Sevens in Meru but didn’t win any of their pool matches.

According to Mwika, he is open for negotiations with other clubs keen on his services.

The Meru based side are currently fifth in the KRU Central Nationwide standings with 22 points, 13 behind table-toppers Embu RFC.

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