Mike Friday Contract Termination Controversy

Liam Dolan 13 May 2013

The Kenya Rugby Union appears to be engaged in an internal dispute surrounding an official release regarding the contract termination of Kenya 7s coach Mike Friday,



Kenya’s Director of National Squads and Elite performance Philip Jalango released the following statement at 11:38am this morning, which has yet to be confirmed as factual by the Kenya rugby union:“As the Director of National Squads & Elite Performance, the responsibility given to me by the Board is to our players, and our National Squads programs.

“As such, the Board is always going to try to base any decisions on those two guiding principles. After a comprehensive review of the Kenya 7’s rugby program during the 2012-2013 season, and with the support of the Board, KRU is terminating the contract of Mike Friday as Kenya 7s Head Coach and Chris Brown the Strength & Conditioning Coach, effective immediately.

“This decision is not based solely on wins and losses, but on a number of factors by which the Head Coach has been evaluated.  At this point, in regard to our Kenya 7’s program, our players need mentorship, leadership and guidance to maximize on their performance along the goals and objectives of the Kenya Rugby Union.”

The statement continued:“The Head Coach has failed to exemplify the Vision, Mission and Core Values of KRU at certain points of the season.  Effective today, the KRU Board has appointed Assistant Head Coach Felix Ochieng, as the interim Head Coach and Bronson Weir from Western Province to assist him, through the remainder of the season. Felix has been with the program 10 years, and the Board has great confidence in Felix’s ability, and Bronson Weir to guide the team to the world cup.

“The KRU Board is not giving up on our long term goals for the Kenya 7’s program. Today’s announcement is about addressing the present and the future needs of our Kenya 7’s program. We want to make the most of our remaining season with the World Cup and put our players in position for success.

“I want to thank Mike Friday & Chris Brown for everything they have contributed to Kenya 7’s over the past year. The Kenya 7’s family have always shown great character and tremendous heart, and enjoyed a huge support from the board, sponsors and Rugby fraternity. They have also enjoyed considerable rugby success on the IRB circuit this year.

“In those regards, Mike Friday has led a model program – all of which has made for a difficult decision today. But as previously stated, my primary focus as per the KRU Board mandate is our players and the future of our Kenya 7’s program. As this is an institutional personnel issue, we shall announce a new structure for the 2013-2014 season, after the Rugby World Cup. I cannot comment further, and I trust you will all respect the position of the Kenya Rugby Union Board. “

However Kenya Chairman Mwangi Muthee issued the following statement surrounding Jalango’s  release:“I would like to ask all Kenyans to treat any correspondence from Philip Jalang’o as a rumour since he no-longer speaks on behalf of the union’s board.Instead, we have sacked Philip Jalang’o and replaced him with Gabriel Ouko”

“I’m with the team here (London) and we depart this evening for home. Friday and Brown remain in charge of the team while Gabriel Ooko will replace Jalang’o.”

NTV Kenya Anchor tweeted:

SportOn Magazine Kenya tweeted

-Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee is expected to release a comprehensive statement upon the squads arrival back in Nairobi tomorrow morning

- ” Mike Friday is still the Coach for Kenya Rugby 7’s, I will have a press conference tomorrow as soon as I receive the boys to address this issue.” KRU Chairman Mwangi Muthee


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