Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya Airways will not renew its sponsorship deal with the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) for Kenya 7s Shujaa team once the current contract expires by the end of November.
KQ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mbuvi Ngunze disclosed the decision in statement on Tuesday.
The airline has been the title sponsor since 2010 spending over 900 million Kenya Shillings in cash and in kind on the Kenya seven’s national rugby team.
During that period Shujaa managed two finalist positions in the HSBC Sevens series and a historic 2016 triumph where Kenya won its maiden main cup title.
Meanwhile, Kenya Sevens team has been drawn in the section X in the international category of the Safland Sevens set for November in Swakopmund, Namibia next weekend.
Shujaa wil come up against title holders South Africa, Namibia, South Africa All Stars and Germany.
Section Y has Zambia, Living Legends, Eye of the Tiger, Namibia Academy and Botswana.
Kenya is using the tournament as part of its preparation for the World HSBC Sevens series new season slated for December 2-3 in Dubai.