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KRLF LOGO CONTEST ENTERS THE LAST STRETCH

The ongoing Kenya rugby league federation logo search competition attracted a total of 456 entries from both local and foreign based graphic designers. After a long, rigorous one and a half weeks of review and evaluation of the submitted entries, since the competition official closed on 30th July 2020. A panel composed of six members from Homeboyz and KRLF have scrutinized to carefully select and shortlist ten (10) logo entries which emerged to be the best out of all the entries.

The second and the last stage of the process will now involve the members of the Public, by subjecting the ten shortlisted logos to a one-week (12th – 17 August 2020) online voting process for the favourite and ultimate KRLF logo. “We decided to involve the members of the Public as a way of introducing Kenya Rugby League to the wider public and also make it more inclusive, them (Public)being our potential fans, very crucial stakeholders of the game. Also putting into consideration the fact that rugby league is in its formative stages in the country’s sporting scene”. Says Quicks Nyakwaka Chairman KRLF

According Homeboyz Entertainment Ltd, Manager Sports Eric Ngure “The process will be open, transparent and all the votes cast by the members of the Public will be tallied and verified by an independently. Therefore, no need for concerns and we are sure to get the best logo by the wider public opinion, hence the campaign being dubbed “You be the judge, select the best”.

The contestants were expected to think outside the box, be creative enough to come up with a logo that is original, novel and capture the colours of Kenyan National flag. And also represent strength, courage, sturdiness and speed as the key attributes and spirit of the game. The eventual winner will walk away with a cash prize of Khs 50,000 as a token of appreciation.

KENYA RUGBY LEAGUE APPOINTS EX-KENYA INTERNATIONAL LUCAS ONYANGO – INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Nairobi, 10th August 2020, ... The Kenya Rugby League Federation Board has appointed Lucas Onyango as the International development manager with immediate effect. Onyango who is UK based will be, tasked to develop international relations and Partnerships that will be of benefit to KRL. He will also be a goodwill ambassador of KRL to the World, representing the country and league’s values, ethics, heritage and culture of “Hakuna matata”. Onyango 39 is a Professional Sports scientist, a strength and conditioning coach, with exceptional organizational skills, long term athlete development and experienced Development officer, having held the same position for Oldham Rugby club in the UK.

Onyango has actively been involved in both the league and Union Rugby codes, as a semi & Professional player and Coach for close to two decades, contributing and serving in various different capacities.

As a player he turned out for the local side Mean Machine RFC, National teams 7’s and 15’s sides before switching codes, to Rugby league in United Kingdom. As a full professional rugby league player he successfully plied his trade across four clubs namely; Sale Sharks, Widens Vikings rugby league, Oldham and Oxford rugby league. Coached Salford city Reds and currently with Real-time/Mancunians Rugby league as a sports scientist and Strength & conditioning Coach.

“Having played for both codes of the game of rugby, now working and dispensing my expertise in the same field, the experience amassed over the years is key. I’m happy to join a wonderful team all in a bid to help Kenya rugby league grow and develop to greater heights of the game’s international standards”, says Onyango.

According to KRLF Chairman Quicks Nyakwaka “Onyango’s appointment showcases our big vision to grow Kenya Rugby League and need to start preparations for 2025 World cup qualifiers. As our representative to the World, his international network will be vital to initiate Partnerships of great benefit to KRL”.

KENYA RUGBY LEAGUE FEDERATION UNVEILS ITS FULL BOARD

Nairobi, 26th June 2020, ... Kenya rugby league federation has welcomed five new board members to complete the list of its board of directors. This now brings the total number of the Pioneer Board members to Nine, as per the requirements of the sports act.

The new board members who will help the federation chairman steer the rugby league by providing strategic and operational direction are Sammy Githinji, Kevin Adhere, Amer Mwatsahu, Joel Nganga and Eric Murungi all with strong rugby backgrounds. Sammy Githinji is the secretary, Eric Murungi Treasurer, Amer Mwatsahu is the director operations, Kevin Adhere will be in charge of competitions and tournaments and Ex –Kenya international Joel Nganga is the National squad’s management and player’s welfare. These comes on the backdrop of earlier appointments of Edward Rombo as the Head Coach, Benjamin Ayimba Technical Director, Charles Cardovillies Director Commercial and special projects and John Mbai Director Growth and development.

“From my professional angle I bring in knowledge of design and constructing sports facilities that will be required as we grow the game. I hope to meet and engage in this exciting journey to grow the rugby league in Kenya”. Said Nganga. According to the KRL Chairman Nyakwaka Adhere “it was imperative to put in place a proper and solid structure in terms of expertise that will oversee, run and manage the league. The board constitutes great rugby souls with the character tht KRL needs to produce a world class outfit”. KRLF having been duly registered by the Sports registrar Kenya, the new board now mandate of running, nurturing and developing rugby as a sports discipline

Kenya Rugby league federation is in the process of strengthening its coaching and technical units, in readiness for its league kick-off and maiden international test match against South Africa later in the year

KENYA RUGBY LEAGUE APPOINTS JOHN MBAI –DIRECTOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Nairobi, 18th June 2020, ... The Kenya Rugby League Federation Board has appointed John Mbai as the Director of growth and development with immediate effect.

Mbai, will primarily be responsible for developing the Federation's growth strategies and plans in a bid to acquire, build and grow the federation's infastrure as well as manage and retain relationships with the existing partners and stakeholders.

A Building contractor & Interior Architect professional, with vast expertise in project management, concept development, business process analysis, brand strategy and growth and retention. Mbai has also been actively involved in sports, more so rugby as a players and Coach for close to 15 years contributing and serving in various different capacities. As a player he turned out for the local side Mwamba Rugby Club and the now disbanded Ulinzi Rugby Club. The world Rugby Organization level 3 trained coach has handled, Mean Machine, Mwamba RFC, Technical university of Kenya RFC and Strathmore Leos as the Head coach, Team manager of the Kenya 7’s National team.

“Growth and development in general is something that I have a great passion for especially in an era where it is misunderstood, because we are living in a time where people want instant results and have little appreciation for the process of time. It’s an honor and privilege to get the opportunity to be part of the this exciting Journey of building something new that has great potential and working with colleagues with rich rugby pedigree. ’’ says Mbai.

According to KRLF Chairman Quicks Nyakwaka “Mbai will be the man in the middle to monitor success and ensure areas that need great improvement are identified and given much attention they deserve. The fusion of his rich academic background and strong rugby managerial skills will definitely give league the much needed impetus’’.

EX- KENYA RUGBY INTERNATIONAL CHARLES CARDOVILLIS APPOINTED KENYA RUGBY LEAGUE –DIRECTOR, COMMECIAL AND SPECIAL PROJECTS

Nairobi, 13th June 2020, ... The Kenya Rugby League Federation Board has appointed Charles Cardovillis as the Director, commercial and special projects with immediate effect. Charles 41, will be responsible for developing the league’s long term commercial plan and introduce sustainable development goals, into the Rugby leagues ecosystem.

A manager with an excellent record in project execution and team leadership. He is a sports enthusiast with a particular interest in rugby, with a keen eye on nurturing young emerging talents, a honorary citizen of the local government area of Armadale Dumaresq, New South Wales, Australia. Charles has been involved in sports for close to 25 years contributing and serving in various different capacities. As a player he is former Kenya 7’s and 15 ‘s international and turned out for local side Harlequins. He has also been involved in Coaching, National 7’s and local outfits like Harlequins, Kabras among others, development programs and sponsorship sourcing.

``This is a fantastic opportunity that I could not say No to. We have been working on this project for a number of years now and the dream is now a reality. `` I’m excited to be part of what is turning out to be a dream team with Edward Rombo and Benjamin Ayimba and others who will be coming on board in the next couple of weeks’’. ‘Rugby league will be every player’s dream’’ says Charles

According to KRLF Chairman Quicks Nyakwaka’ We have tremendous confidence in his ability to develop KRL commercial and special projects that will be of great impact and benefit to the rugby players, KRL affiliate clubs, partners and sponsors’’. He has achieved and accomplished much as a player, coach and a project manager off the rugby pitch’’. K

BENJAMIN AYIMBA APPOINTED KENYA RUGBY LEAGUE -TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Nairobi , 1st June 2020, ...Kenya Rugby League Federation Board has appointed Benjamin Otieno Ayimba as the Technical Director with immeadiate effect.

Ayimba 44, will be responsible for developing the Kenya rugby league technical structures in all levels from grassroot, community and club rugby .This will also include formulation of high performance plan for players coaches ,referee and affiliate clubs.

Ayimba is an accomplished Rugby coach of both the short and full vesion of the game .He boasts of immense wealth of experience of over 15 years both as a player and in the coaching units. '' After a long walk in what seemed like ages,we are now able to play a spot that suits the Kenya rugby footballer and give us a real chance at the World Cup''.Ayimba remarks.

As a player Benjamin Ayimba has turned out for both local and international clubs with a two season stint in the United Kingdom. Kenya Rugby League Federation Chairman Nyakwaka Adhere '' QUICKS'' says ''acceptance of Ayimba as the Technical Director is a big motivation and a big asset for rugby league owing to his acievement in the sport . We are confident he will establish effective technical structures for clubs and partners

Appointment of Edward Rombo as Head Coach

Nairobi 18th May 2020- The Kenya Rugby League Federation has today announced the appointment of Ex Kenya International Edward Rombo 53, as the Kenya Rugby League Head Coach effective immediately. In his role Rombo will lead the League National team Program in collaboration with Giving Rugby Foundation to Provide Technical support to the Federation's Development side in the area of Skills and Defense.

Rombo is an Internationally Accredited Rugby Coach with more than 30 years playing and coaching experience in both Rugby Union and Rugby League, codes of the game at the highest level. He was the 1st Kenyan to play Professional Rugby League when he signed up for Leeds RLFC in England. During his International stint he went on to sign up for other teams including Dewsbury and Featherstone Rugby League Clubs.

On his part Rombo says “As a pioneer rugby league player from Kenya. I'm happy to play my part in ensuring the sports takes root in Kenya and have a strong National team hoping to take part in the future world cup."

KRLF development Partner, Give Rugby Foundation has embraced and welcomed the new development. Sisye Elon of GRF says this now moves Rugby League in Kenya to the next Level and world class stage.

Rombo contends, League is a more simple game version and my philosophy would be to utilize our natural running abilities and keep the ball a live as much as possible ". According to KRLF Chairman Nyakwaka Adhere ‘Quicks’, the League is glad to have a resourceful Individual of Rombo's caliber, whose Wealth of experience will inject the much needed impetus to the infant Rugby League in the Country and region’’. Once Covid-19 is controlled in Africa, we will have short domestic league, with 10 clubs during which the National team will be picked by selectors. This will be in readiness for the maiden Kenya Vs South Africa test match at the end of the year. Coach Profile Summary:

Captain Nairobi School 1986, Captain University of Nairobi, Mean Machine 1989, Assistant Coach and Team Manager Kenya 7's 2003-2008, Coach Mwamba RFC 2009-2010, Director KRU 2010-12. Advocate High Court of Kenya and runs Rombo & Co Advocates.

Hashi gas Wolves are the Champions of the Inaugural Nairobi 9’s Rugby league Tournament.

Hashi gas Wolves are the Champions of the inaugural Nairobi 9’s rugby league tournament after defeating a resilient Rhynos 16 -0. Hashi gas Wolves who looked more superior showed their intent from the blow of the whistle, touching down 4 times , two in each half with no conversion. The Rugby League maiden tournament was held at the Nairobi Railway club.

Kenya Rugby League Federation – Historical

Bravian Makori, 18year old player from Ruffians Nakuru entered the annals of Kenya Rugby League Federation History as a player who scored the first try of the inaugural tournament by the Rugby league in Kenya. There were a total of 52 tries scored and 23 conversions made in the whole tournament, with Joshua Mwangi of the victorious team Hashi Gas Wolves emerging the highest try score with a total of 5 tries.