NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – The Kenya Rugby Union has announced a bonus structure for the national sevens team Shujaa for the World Series, with the players set to earn between Sh120,000 and Sh4,800.
Union Chief Executive Officer Aggrey Wabulwenyi says the Union has structured the budget within their financial borders, with a Sh20mn budget set aside for rewarding players for wins between the Cup title and the Challenge Trophy.
A Cup win will see each member of the contingent get Sh120,000, losing in the final will see players earn Sh84,000 while finishing third place would see players and technical bench officials earn Sh60,000.
A fourth place finish will be rewarded with Sh48,000, winning the fifth place trophy will earn the team Sh19,200, finishing sixth will be worth Sh12,000, finishing seventh will earn them Sh7,200 while Sh4,800 will be rewarded for players if they win the Challenge Trophy, finishing eighth.
The Union has vowed that player welfare will be of high regard.
“The CS the other day stated that the player is the goose that lays the golden egg and so they come central to everything. We will ensure we take great account of player welfare,” said Gangla.
Meanwhile, SportPesa who earlier Thursday announced a Sh126mn sponsorship to the team, have warned that they will take player welfare very keenly.
CEO Ronald Karauri, also the Kasarani Member of Parliament, has said as sponsors they will be hands on to ensure the players are happy and the performance of the team improves.
“Moving forward want to assure players, let’s play. I know usually we have these issues maybe allowances are not paid on time, but Sportpesa is now on board and we will make sure player welfare is very well taken care of because when the team shines the brand shines and the country shines,” Karauri said.
He added; “I will personally make sure that player welfare is at the forefront and I will want to be in touch with the captain so that in case of any issue, he can always reach out to me because the performance is what we want to see. We want in the three years we are with the team, we see big improvement.”
Gangla has said that players will be handed their new contracts before the next leg and he also disclosed of a plan to hand them long term contracts that will see them through to the 2024 Olympic Games.