Kenyan cash crisis Treu(ly) bizarre

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:20
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The Kenya Rugby Union would meet with its Sevens team to explain why players' salaries had been "delayed" soon after the recruitment of South African Paul Treu.

The Kenya Rugby Union said officials would meet with its Sevens team on Friday to explain why players' salaries had been "delayed" soon after the recruitment of South African Paul Treu as coach on a big-money contract.

The KRU said in a statement the delay was because the body had "not finalized our full season budget with our sponsors" and asked the players, who made this year's World Cup semifinals, for patience until a new sponsorship deal was signed.

Some players reportedly expressed unhappiness with the problems and threatened to boycott training after it was announced former Springboks sevens coach Treu will get US$11,000 (about ZAR110,000) a month after tax and a host of other benefits for taking charge of the Kenyan team.

KRU chairman Mwangi Muthee told the Associated Press the union would sign with a sponsor Monday and defended Treu's appointment.

"He will come here and build careers and build a team," Muthee said earlier Friday.

With regard to the cash flow problems at the union and the players' payments, Muthee said "all will be clear next week."

Kenya has made rapid progress in sevens, reaching the last four at the World Cup in Russia in June and becoming a regular contender on the world series alongside traditional rugby countries like New Zealand, South Africa and England.

The team has made so much progress that Kenya now views rugby sevens as its best chance of international sporting success away from its famed distance runners, with its cricket team in decline and football team relatively unsuccessful.

The appointment of Treu, his former South African assistant coach Vuyo Zangqa and a group of South African specialists on a consultancy basis was confirmed on Wednesday, with Kenyan rugby hoping the large investment will lead to a medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, where sevens will make its debut.

Along with his salary, which is hefty by African standards, the KRU also said Treu would get a range of other benefits like airline tickets to and from his home country, a car and a house. Zangqa will receive a bonus of US$250,000 (ZAR2,454,000) if the team qualified for the Olympics and also will earn between US$50,000 (ZAR491,000) and US$250,000 (ZAR2,454,000) if Kenya wins a medal.

The KFU didn't say what Treu's or the other coaches' bonus payments would be.

Kenyan media reported the package offered to the new coaching team was the one of the biggest-paying in any sport in the East African nation.

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