Kenya Ready For Elgon Cup Defence As Kisumu Handed Hosting Rights

Mar 29 - by Erick Ochieng for SportPesa News

Simbas defeated Uganda Cranes on a 72-38 aggregate to lift the tournament at the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi on July 7, 2018

Kenya Simbas in a past international fixture. PHOTO/ KRU

  • Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) confirmed on Friday that Simbas will start preparations for the tournament upon completion of Kenya Cup play-offs whose finals will be held on May 11
  • The federation has given Kisumu City the green light to host this year’s Elgon Cup at Mamboleo Show Grounds. Kenya will stage the first leg on June 22 before return leg in Kampala on a later date
  • While welcoming the kind gesture, Kisumu County Governor, Prof. Anyang’ Nyongo said  his government is out to promote sports in the Lakeside City

KISUMU, Kenya- Kenya Simbas are scheduled to start training for the annual Elgon Cup which the country will start to defend in June.

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) confirmed on Friday that Simbas will start preparations for the tournament upon completion of Kenya Cup play-offs whose finals will be held on May 11.

“We are now headed into the penultimate round of the regular season that will be followed by the last match day on April 6.

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“We plan to assemble the team to play Uganda in Elgon Cup after the play-off final,” KRU Vice Chairman, Thomas Opiyo, underlined.

The federation has given Kisumu City the green light to host this year’s Elgon Cup at Mamboleo Show Grounds. Kenya will stage the first leg on June 22 before the return leg in Kampala on a later date.

"In 2018, Kisumu brought forward their bid to host this specific fixture and KRU has given them the go ahead. Having the match take place in Kisumu is part of KRU strategy to decentralize  international fixtures,” Opiyo highlighted.

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“Other Clubs are also encouraged to tender in their bids for high profile championships going forward to help boost infrastructures in their counties as we have seen happen  with Dala Sevens in Kisumu,” Opiyo noted.

While welcoming the kind gesture, Kisumu County Governor, Prof. Anyang’ Nyongo said  his government is out to promote sports in the Lakeside City.

“I am excited to have Elgon Cup staged in Kisumu in June. I want to warmly welcome Uganda Rugby Union and fans at large here during the event,” Nyongo said.

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Kenya Simbas defeated Uganda Cranes on a  72-38 aggregate to lift the tournament at the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi on July 7, 2018.