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REVEALED: When Kenya’s women rugby players fought over ‘mystery man’

Some members of the national women rugby team fought at a foreign international airport over a man enroute to Nairobi from the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nairobi News understands.

The said fight occurred in Luanda, Angola according to a report by a probe committee mandated by Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario.

The committee sought to primarily investigate team Kenya’s shambolic stay in Rio and provide solutions/recommendations.

According to the report, the national team’s captain Catherine Abila later declined to appear before the committee to clarify on this subject.

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This made it difficult for the probing team, and critically, ensured the identity of the mystery man remains private.

“The probe committee summoned team captain Catherine Abila to appear before it and share more light on the team’s behavior but she declined,” the report added.

Separately, the team is said to have had differences with the management over the selection of the squad to feature at the Olympics, and how to share the Sh12 million allowance budget set aside by the Government.

There were also reports of a feud between coach Mike Shamiah and team manager Saralyne Otieno.

The women team, dubbed the Kenya Lionesses, lost three of its four matches at the competition, to New Zealand, France and Spain, winning only one, 22-10 against Colombia.