Many Kenyans were left puzzled on Tuesday afternoon after the national rugby sevens team popularly known as Shujaa, touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard a Qatar Airways plane.
Many took to Twitter to point out the irony in Kenya Airways sponsoring Shujaa and missing on the moment to bask in the glory, hence letting their competitor steal the show to build their brand in Kenya.
Kenya Airways moved to their twitter account to explain why the Qatar Airways plane was involved in transporting the Kenyan Champions, “We can never be too busy for our boys. we gave them a convenient connection via airline to airline agreement,” Kenya airways cleared the air on social media.
Qatar Airways is the travel sponsor for HSBC Rugby sevens series while Kenya Airways is their main sponsor and not necessarily their travel sponsor.
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— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) April 19, 2016
The Shujaa touched down at around 2.20pm and were received by Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze and Kenya Rugby Union Chair Richard Omwela among other dignitaries.
After brief celebrations at JKIA, top-of-the-range vehicles including limousines chauffeured the Singapore circuit champions to the Ole Sereni Hotel along Mombasa Road where the team’s sponsor, Kenya Airways, organised a luncheon.