Kenya Sevens withdraw from Dubai Invitational Tournament

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RUGBY Kenya Sevens withdraw from Dubai Invitational Tournament

Festus Chuma 08:04 - 01.12.2023

Kenya's rugby teams, Shujaa and Lionesses, abruptly withdraw from the Dubai Invitational Tournament, causing disappointment among fans and players.

Kenya men's national rugby sevens team, Shujaa, has been forced to withdraw from the highly anticipated 2023 Dubai Invitational tournament, dealing a blow to their preparations for the upcoming Olympics and Challenger Series.

The withdrawal was officially confirmed by Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Alexander 'Sasha' Mutai in a statement released late Thursday evening.

Shujaa, along with the women's team, Kenya Lionesses, had been eagerly gearing up for the tournament, which was seen as a crucial part of their strategy to perform exceptionally well at the Challenger Series.

"We regret to inform you that the Kenya Sevens men and women national squads will not be able to honor their fixtures at the 2023 Dubai 7s. The teams were slated to play in the International Invitational Category in Dubai," KRU boss Mutai expressed in his statement, breaking the disappointing news to rugby enthusiasts and supporters alike.

The unexpected withdrawal comes as a result of unforeseen logistical challenges that have severely disrupted the travel plans of both Shujaa and the Lionesses.

These issues have made it impossible for the teams to embark on their journey to Dubai at this point in time, a fact lamented in the chairman's statement.

"Unfortunately, logistical challenges have negatively impacted their travel itinerary, rendering the trip to Dubai impossible at this point in time," the statement further elucidated.

Shujaa had been drawn into Pool C of the Men's International Invitation Category, a group brimming with competitive teams eager to prove their mettle on the global stage.

Their initial fixture was set to commence at 2:40 pm EAT on Friday, pitting them against the formidable R10C Selects.

The following day, they were scheduled for a clash with the formidable Wailers at 2:20 pm.

The culmination of their pool stage was expected to be a high-stakes showdown against Speranza 22 at 5:00 pm on the same day.

The withdrawal from the Dubai Invitational Tournament is undoubtedly a setback for Shujaa, who had meticulously prepared for this opportunity to fine-tune their skills and strategies ahead of the Olympics. 

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