In an electrifying showdown at the Rugby Africa 7s cup final, Shujaa emerged victorious against South Africa with a 17-12 cup final result at the Harare Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe on Sunday 17 September 2023.
This victory not only secured their ticket to the 2024 Olympic Games but also crowned them as the Africa 7s champions. The jubilation was palpable, and the key figures behind this achievement couldn’t hide their joy and pride.
Co-captain Vincent Onyala, beaming with happiness, remarked, “I’m super happy we had planned for this. The boys had stood out, having six rookies and managing to have such a stellar performance.”
His words echo the meticulous preparation and unwavering dedication that the team had put into realizing their dream. With the odds stacked against them, the young and talented squad showcased their mettle and resilience on the field.
This victory holds a special place in Kenya’s rugby history, especially considering their journey. Head Coach Kevin Wambua, overwhelmed by emotions, stated, “I’m lost for words, we had a dream, we worked hard, and we have now achieved it. Coming from being relegated from the HSBC World Rugby 7s series, that shows what we can do as a country and as a team.” The transformation from adversity to triumph is a testament to the team’s unwavering spirit and commitment to excellence.
He further emphasized the importance of unity and vision in their journey to success, saying, “We did a lot of work for this, but the key was selling the dream to the players, telling them we can do it, working on our game structures and game plans, and building a culture,” he explained. This holistic approach, blending tactical refinement with a shared sense of purpose, propelled Kenya 7s to victory.
The triumph of Kenya 7s goes beyond the final score; it symbolizes the power of determination, teamwork, and belief in the face of adversity. Their journey from relegation to becoming Africa 7s champions and securing an Olympic berth is an inspirational tale that will be remembered for years to come.
As Kenya 7s prepares to represent their nation on the global stage at the 2024 Olympic Games, they carry not only the weight of expectations but also the pride and hopes of an entire nation. This remarkable achievement is a testament to the heights that can be reached through dedication, hard work, and a shared dream.
In a sport where courage and passion collide, Kenya 7s has shown the world that they are a force to be reckoned with. This victory is more than just a ticket to the Olympics; it’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of Kenyan rugby and a shining example of what can be achieved when dreams are pursued with unwavering determination.