Mwamba Rugby Club on Thursday paid a courtesy call to the Nairobi City County Governor Dr Evans Kidero at his City Hall office.
Dr Kidero was briefed on the club’s rich history, achievements and progress. The governor was instrumental in helping Mwamba Rugby Club secure sponsorship from Mumias Sugar during his time as the chief executive.
“My relationship with Mwamba started way back when Mumias Sugar started supporting the club and it has grown during the my time at City Hall. I will continue supporting the club and rugby,” Dr Kidero said.
The club delegation was led by club president Mr Alvas Onguru and chairman Mr George Mbaye. The others in attendance were former players and club officials Mr Dave Mshila, Allan Gachoki, Richard Quicks Nyakwaka and Kahara Miano and Kigara Kamweru.
The playing unit was represented by head coach Kevin Wambua, team manager Edwin Waita and captain Salaton Muturi. The others were Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera, Paul Mukia, George Mutuku, Patrick Ruhiu and Louis Kisia.
The governor promised to work closely with the club in developing the rugby game in the city. He also thanked Mwamba players in various national teams for having put Nairobi on the global sporting map. “When you travel around the world and your introduce yourself that you are from Kenya, people will immediately ask you about athletics and lately about rugby sevens. Thanks to Humphrey, Collins and their team mates for flying the Kenyan flag high,” he added.
On his part, the club president thanked the governor for his continued support and reiterated the need for Nairobi to be culturally alive. “Cities attract the best and brightest when their cultural side is alive. We grossly underestimate that. Where would London be without the West End. Or New York without Broadway. Or the United Kingdom without football or New Zealand without the All Blacks. Through sports and specifically rugby, Nairobi has a chance cementing itself as the best sporting destination in Africa. Invest in sports and culture and you will have invested in thousands of youth,” he said.
The governor is seeking re-election in the upcoming General Elections set for August 8,2017.