Stage set for Dala 7s as top guns aim at title
The final round of the National Sevens Circuit slated for Kisumu on October 21-22 will go on as planned, the Kenya Rugby Union has confirmed.
There has been fears that the Dala 7s could be cancelled owing to security concerns of the participating teams and fans due to the tense political climate in the region.
This prompted a reaction from Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyon’go, who urged organizers to carry on with the plans, noting that there will be adequate security in place.
“I have been informed of the plans by the KRU to host the finals of the Dala 7s this weekend. The county government and the people of Kisumu sincerely welcome the teams and fans to our lovely City of Kisumu”.
“I assure you of the County Government’s commitment to maintain a high-quality environment. Security will be necessary for the sporting event and other socio-economic activities for the visiting teams and the fan base at large, Nyongo said in a statement sent to the Union and copied to the county’s security chief.
At the same time, several top flight coaches have come out in support of the idea of carrying on with the event.
Impala Saracens head coach Oscar Osir said that the circuit should go on as planned .
“I know there is a lot of concern on issues to do with security in Kisumu but we can only hope for the best .I believe the organizers are working at that soberly and will come up with a positive decision,” Osir said.
Three contenders still have a realistic chance of winning the overall crown at this weekend’s grand finale.
Kabras Sugar are at the forefront while Impala Saracens and Homeboyz RFC also have healthy chances of claiming the much sought after title.
Kabas Sugar coach Charles Cardovillis is excited about the showdown and is itching to go.“It’s rather unfortunate that we are in this political situation but we are hoping that things will settle down soonest. Dala is a real festival and we are looking forward to the rugby bonanza,” Cardovillis said.
Kabras fresh from winning back- to- back titles at the Sepetuka and Chrsities Sevens are in pole position of the log and will win the circuit if they qualify for the Cup final.
The win will grant them an unassailable 104 points and anything short of that will complicate their title chase, with Impala Saracens hoping to end their 13 year wait for silverware. Homeboyz RFC follow the leaders and the contest is expected to go to the wire
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