Rugby: Shame Homeboyz pull out of Kenya Cup 2023 season

Homeboyz Rugby Club shocked the local rugby fraternity on Wednesday after announcing their withdrawal from the 2022-23 Kenya Cup season which is due to start next month.

Augustine Lugonzo of Menengai cream Homeboyz taking a penalty kick during their Kenya Cup match against Top Fry Nakuru RFC at Nakuru Athletics Club on November 2, 2019.Photo:Kipsang Joseph/Standard

The Deejay’s announcement comes barely a day after the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) confirmed the launch date for the new Kenya Cup season and released the matches for the first week.

The 2018 Enterprise Cup champions were due to kick off their campaign against Mwamba on the first matchday according to the published fixtures.

In a letter dated Oct. 18, Homeboyz president Mike Rabar said their decision to step down was based on their belief that they could have more of an impact on the game in the development stage rather than participating in the Premiership.

Rabar said they will channel their resources to their academy where they believe much of the support is needed, and will reassess their return to competition next season.
“The Homeboyz Rugby Club Board have revised their strategy and opted to focus primarily on Grass Root Rugby. We no longer wish to participate in the Kenya Cup season, 2022-2023.”

“The Board believes we could have more of an impact on the game of rugby by investing in its development phase. We will hereby extend our focus to supporting our Rugby Academy and the growth of the game at Grass-Root level, where we believe support is essential.

“We will review our return to premiership rugby next season, but we wish the Union all the best in managing and growing the sport,” the statement read.

Homeboyz has been participating in the Kenya Cup since the 2011/2012 season.
Homeboyz was officially founded in 2009. This was the result of the perceived need in the market to accommodate young players who felt they did not have enough opportunities to play competitive rugby.
As a starter team in 2009, Homeboyz RFC were initially placed in the Eric Shirley Shield lower tier. After winning the Eric Shirley Shield two seasons in a row, they secured promotion to the Kenyan Cup.

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