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Special Night For Rugby As Shujaa Crowned 2016 Team Of The Year

Special Night For Rugby As Shujaa Crowned 2016 Team Of The Year

 

Thursday 19 January 2017 was a special night for Kenyan rugby as the sport received three awards at the 2016 Safaricom SOYA gala night at Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Convention Center. Kenya Sevens were crowned the 2016 male Sports Team Of The Year, an accolade largely attributed to the class of 2016’s exploits at the Singapore Sevens where they cruised to a 30-7 cup final win over Fiji, Kenya’s first ever cup title in close to two decades of participation on the Sevens World Series. This was their third award, having previously claimed it in 2008 and 2013.Kenya’s fifteens national side, The Simbas, finished third overall in this category.


Top Fry Nakuru RFC backrow and age grade coach Felix “Mwalimu”Oloo was crowned Community Coach Of The Year for his efforts in developing rugby from the grassroots. 

Kenya legend Jackson Omaido, widely acknowledged as Kenya’s best ever player, was inducted into the Hall of Fame along the late Naftali Temu who won Kenya’s first ever Olympic gold medal with victory in the men’s 10000m at the 1968 summer games in Mexico. Sevens World Series record try scorer Collins Injera was third runner up in the Sportsman Of The Year category, Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge emerging top.

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Luanda Town Set To Host Vihiga Blackrock

Luanda Town Set To Host Vihiga Blackrock

The Mumboha Grounds in Luanda Town will play host to the third edition of the Vihiga Blackrock Tournament on February 4 and 5.

This tournament, was first played in 2015 at Chavakali while last year’s tournament took place in Kaimosi. It is modeled after the famous Blackrock tournament hosted by the St. Mary’s School in Nairobi and Tournament Director Matayo Mwenesi says, “ We set up this tournament to give players in talent rich Vihiga an opportunity to showcase their skills.”

 “This year’s tournament will once again feature action in the mens’ category where we expect a field of 16 teams. We’re also introducing a girls’ sevens category this year” he added.

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Injera Returns As Squad For Oceania Assignments Announced

Injera Returns As Squad For Oceania Assignments Announced

The squad for the Wellington and Sydney legs of the 2016/17 HSBC Sevens World Series was named on Wednesday morning by Head Coach Innocent Simiyu.

Simiyu has made five changes from the team that featured in Dubai and Cape Town sevens last year. 
Oscar Ouma, Eden Agero, Sammy Oliech, Bush Mwale and all time series top try scorer Collins Injera will be featuring in the team for the first time this season.

The coach has retained Captain Andrew Amonde, William Ambaka, Kabras duo of Brian Tanga and Dan Sikuta. Leonard Mugaisi, Augustine Lugonzo and lastly Nelson Oyoo.

Kenya Sevens is pooled alongside Argentina, England and Papua Guinea for Wellington 7s and is set to leave for New Zealand on Sunday.

Local timings for Kenya's matches 
Saturday 28 January 2017
Kenya v Argentina - 4.32am 
Kenya v Papua New Guinea - 7.56am
Kenya v England - 2.10pm

Kenya Sevens squad for the Wellington and Sydney Sevens
Andrew Amonde (Captain), Willy Ambaka, Oscar Ouma, Dan Sikuta, Bush Mwale, Brian Tanga, Leonard Mugaisi, Eden Agero, Augustine Lugonzo, Sammy Oliech, Billy Odhiambo, Collins Injera, Nelson Oyoo
Management: Innocent Simiyu (Head Coach), Ian Gibbons (S&C), Lameck Bogonko (Physio), Erick Ogweno (Team Manager), William Webster (Kicking Consultant)

View Innocent Simiyu's Comments On The Team Selection And Upcoming Legs Here>>>

View Andrew Amonde's Comments Ahead Of The Wellington And Sydney Sevens Here>>>

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Rugby Fraternity Mourns Wekesa's Demise

Rugby Fraternity Mourns Wekesa's Demise

Menengai Cream Homeboyz and the entire rugby fraternity is once again in mourning following Andrew Wekesa’s tragic death in Mlolongo on Sunday 15 January 2017.

Andrew, a 2016 graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, played as a prop forward at Menengai Cream Homeboyz, a team he joined in 2011 upon completion of his secondary education at the Kakamega High School. He had a year’s stint at the Resolution Impala Saracens in 2014 before returning to Homeboyz where he last featured  in their 33-32 Kenya Cup defeat to the Strathmore Leos on Saturday 10 December 2016.

He also played for the Kenya U19s at the 2011 Rugby Africa U19 Championships, represented franchise sides Chui and Papa in the 2013 and 2014 Rugby Super Series  and was part of the provisional Kenya Simbas squad in 2013.

Law enforcement agencies are pursuing leads into the circumstances surrounding his demise.

The Kenya Rugby Union  extends its’ condolences to Andrew’s family,friends and team-mates. May you all find comfort and peace during this trying time. Rest In Peace Andrew Wekesa. 

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Injera Nominated For Top Kenyan Sports Award

Injera Nominated For Top Kenyan Sports Award

Record breaking try scorer Collins Injera is among the nominees in the Sportsman of the Year category ahead of the Kenyan Sports Personality Of The Year Awards set for Friday 20 January in Nairobi.

Injera had a standout 2015/16 sevens season, first equaling then breaking Santiago Gomez Cora’s long standing 230 try scoring record on the Sevens World Series, finishing the season with an all-time high 235 tries. He was also part of the Kenya Sevens squad that claimed a maiden series title when they posted a 30-7 win over Fiji to win the cup title at the Singapore Sevens. Other nominees include Olympic champion athletes Eliud Kipchoge, David Rudisha, Conseslus Kipruto and footballer Michael Olunga.

The two men’s national teams, Kenya Simbas and Kenya Sevens will duel it out with Kenyan Football Premier League champions Tusker, National Super League winners Nzoia United and reigning Kenya hockey club champions Butali Sugar Warriors.

The voting process

 From your Safaricom line, dial *279*1*1 for  Collins Injera, *279*3*1 for Kenya Sevens, *279*3*4 for the Kenya Simbas

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Elgon Cup Dates Announced

Elgon Cup Dates Announced

The dates for the 2017 Elgon Cup have been confirmed. Uganda hosts Kenya in the first leg  in Kampala on Saturday 10 June with the return leg in Nairobi on Saturday 24 June.

Named after Mount Elgon, a mountain straddling the Kenya-Uganda border, this competition has been played between the two sides since 2004.

 Kenya are the current champions, reclaiming the crown last year with 93-34 aggregate score, winning the first leg 48-10 in Kampala, following it up with a 45-24 win in Nairobi. 

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