For three days, between the 3rd and 5th of November 2017, enthusiasts and connoisseurs’ of the abridged version of the game of rugby will flock to Nairobi’s RFUEA Ground for the sporting and social spectacle that is the Safari Sevens.
First played at this venue since its inauguration in 1996, and every year up to 2010, the tournament has been the launch pad for the careers of many a great rugby talent, the likes of Kenya Sevens stars Steve Gichuki, Ken Aswani, Felix Ochieng, Benjamin Ayimba, Oscar Osir, Allan Makaka, Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera, to name but a few, all having made appearances and left their mark on this tournament in years gone by. Future world beaters in the mould of Mike Friday (England) as well as the South African trio of Justin Geguld, Mzwandile Stick, Renfred Dazel among others also cut their teeth at this tournament, once hailed as Africa’s Premier Rugby Sevens tournament.
The Safari Sevens returns to its spiritual home after a seven year hiatus that saw the tournament played at the Nyayo and Kasarani Stadia in the intervening years from 2011 to 2016. It is a return that is bound to trigger nostalgia, an electric atmosphere both on and off the something to look forward to.
Already, invites have been sent out to teams such as Samurai, Fiji Barbarians, Western Province, Portugal, Spain, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Uganda and the England Saxons as the tournament’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC), under the stewardship of Tournament Director Godwin Karuga, who is also a Rugby Africa accredited match commissioner, seeks to put together a quality line up of teams for the event.
In a bid to ensure a great fan experience at the RFUEA, the tournament’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has set out on a process to make infrastructure improvements to improve seating as well as liaising with the Traffic Police to manage the flow of traffic at and around the venue. Event security is of paramount importance and elaborate measures are being put in place to ensure that fans and participants alike are safe and secure.The LOC is also putting in place mechanisms to deliver an all-round, powerful entertainment experience.
More information will be released in subsequent bulletins.