May 20, 2024

Aura urges KRU to settle Lionesses pending dues

Aura urges KRU to settle Lionesses pending dues
Lionesses/File Photo

Olympian Sinaida Aura took to social media to share her experience and publicly call out the federation on the issue, which has allegedly been swept under the rug in the past.

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) is facing severe criticism following revelations from players of the national women's team, the Kenya Lionesses, who have disclosed that they have not received pay for several months. However, An independent check by Michezo Afrika reveals that the Lionesses have been partially paid for the duration. 

Olympian Sinaida Aura took to social media to share her experience and publicly call out the federation on the issue, which has allegedly been swept under the rug in the past.

Aura's post, which has garnered thousands of reactions from similarly disgruntled stakeholders, sheds light on the challenges faced by players who aspire to represent their country. She highlighted the struggles of affording basic necessities such as food and shelter while dedicating themselves to the sport.


"In Kenya (read rugby), joining the national team brings fleeting hope and a sense of achievement, but this is short-lived," lamented Aura. She pointed fingers at decisions driven by greed, selfishness, and a lack of vision within the federation, which she believes are hampering the growth of the game, especially for women.

Aura recalled hearing stories of unpaid allowances from senior players when she joined the national team, expressing disappointment that the same issues persist without resolution. She urged the KRU to wake up and address these longstanding problems before irreparably damaging the legacy built through the dedication of players.

"We should not be rallying and shouting about player allowances. If achieving success for the Lionesses on the international stage is part of your goal, then it's evident you are failing," Aura emphasized, concluding her post with a plea for the KRU to pay the Lionesses.

The team, despite their struggles, is gearing up for the upcoming Final Olympic Qualification Tournament after missing out on a direct ticket to the Paris Olympics. As they strive for success, the glaring issue of unpaid wages continues to cast a shadow over their efforts, highlighting the urgent need for action from the KRU.