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Geoffrey Okwach has been nominated in the Most Promising Boy category of the 2019 SOYA Awards.

2019 was a great rugby year for one Geoffrey Okwach kicking it off with a call up to the National U20 Team in January to earning a Simbas and Shujaa call ups later in the year. Okwach lifted the Barthes Cup in April 2019 with Chipu as they beat the then defending Champions Namibia 21-18 at the KCB Sports Club.

Okwach is tackled by a Namibian defender during the 2019 Barthes Cup Final on 7th April 2019 at the KCB Sports Club. PHOTO/ARIGI OBIERO

The speedy law scholar from Catholic University of East Africa made his name known in the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Brazil as he severally rounded and cut through his defenders to land several Chipu’s tries during the tournament.

After coming back to the Country from Brazil, he was part of the larger KCB squad that went on to lift the overall Stanbic Bank National Sevens Circuit. Okwach was part of the KCB team that lifted the Dala7s, Christie7s and Driftwood7s Cups and the Prinsloo7s 5th place title.

His exemplary performance during these two versions of the game saw him get his call up to the senior National Teams: Kenya Simbas and Shujaa.

Okwach during the team clap out after beating Zimbabwe in the last 2019 Victoria Cup fixture

Okwach earned his first Kenya Simbas cap on 21st September as they beat Zimbabwe 36-14 in Nakuru in what was the last Victoria Cup fixture.

Okwach in action against Seventise during the 2019 Tusker Safari Sevens. PHOTO/ARIGI OBIERO

A month later, he lifted the Robin Cahill Trophy after Morans beat South Africa 19-14 in a packed RFUEA Grounds during the Tusker Safari Sevens. He also bagged the top try scorer accolade one which he shared with South Africa’s Captain Siviwe Soyizwapi.

The SOYA Awards will be held on 24th January in Mombasa and the voting lines officially open on 11th January.




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