Luxury Coach To Chauffeur Fans To Kabeberi 7s

Luxury coach company Modern Coast Coaches Limited is the official transport partner for the 2018 Kabeberi Sevens slated for August 17-19, 2018 at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

Announcing the partnership, Modern Coast’s Communications Manager Jervis Sunday said that they are excited to continue their partnership with Mwamba Rugby Club and particularly the prestigious Kabeberi Sevens.

“This is our third year partnering with Mwamba Rugby Club and we’re excited to be part of this family. We are also excited to be part of this year’s Kabeberi Sevens. This year’s theme is Legends Unplugged and we’re legends of long distance transport in East Africa. It’s a perfect match,” he said.

As part of the deal, there will be a luxury coach chauffeuring fans from Nairobi to Machakos and back. “We shall have luxury shuttle to ferry Mwamba supporters and rugby fans in general to the event on Saturday and Sunday,” he announced.

The luxury shuttle will depart Nairobi CBD every two hours throughout the weekend and drop fans at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. Fans will be able to buy a ticket that combines the discounted luxury bus ticket with the tournament gates. Details of this will be released as soon as ticketing information is finalised.

Machakos Town To Host Kabeberi 7s

The 30th edition of the George Mwangi Kabeberi Sevens will be held in Machakos with organisers promising a bigger and better tournament this year.

The tournament will take place on 17-19 August at the Kenyatta Stadium for Division I and Machakos Golf Club for Division II.

The tournament director Mr Anthony Karanja said that this year’s theme will be Legends Unplugged as they seek to celebrate various rugby legends that have played in this tournament. “We want to tell the story of the rugby player, to celebrate their journey and that way they will be able to inspire upcoming players,” he added.

Karanja also revealed that this year’s tournament will also include a golf tournament on Friday that will bring together golfing enthusiasts and pros. “Basically this will be the tee off before the kick off. We want golfers to tee off on Friday then later move to the stadium on Saturday and Sunday for rugby. We will bridge the gap between the two sports and create a fantastic product that we can use to bring in new fans into the game,” he said.

Kabeberi Sevens tournament will include club, ladies and a schools/age grade competition.
The George Mwangi Kabeberi Memorial Sevens, popularly known as the Kabeberi Sevens, was first played in 1986 to commemorate the passing away of the charismatic George Mwangi Kabeberi, one of the founding members of the Mwamba club.

Over the years, the significance of the tournament has been expanded to honour departed club members, including recently departed Leeroy Okara, Absalom “Bimbo” Mutere, Abedeen Shikoyi, and Jimmy Owino and lately Victor Wayodi among others. The 2018 Kabeberi 7s will be the third leg of the National Sevens Circuit

Kenya Simbas Name Squad To Play Zim For World Cup Qualifiers

The Kenya Simbas made three changes to the side that started last weekend’s 28-24 Gold Cup win away to Morocco, in the process handing Malcolm Onsando his full test debut. 

The 23 year old lock has made two previous appearances from the bench, featuring in the 34-16 win over Uganda in Kampala on 26 May and last weekend’s victory in Morocco. He will partner Andrew Chogo in the second row.

Openside flank Elkeans Musonye and regular flyhalf Isaac Adimo return to the starting lineup after missing out on last week’s sojourn to North Africa.

Musonye replaces  Philip Ikambili who suffered a concussion last weekend while Adimo comes into a rejigged backline that sees Darwin Mukidza who covered the flyhalf’s position in his absence moved to inside center in the absence of Leo Seje.

20 year Edmund Anya is handed his second start in a Simbas shirt in place of Jacob Ojee who is uninvolved for this fixture.

There are also changes on the bench,loose forward Martin Owilah and half back Xavier Bett take up the positions vacated by Erick Kerre and Mohammed Omollo. Homeboyz backrow Dalmus Chituyi is also in line for his test debut after being named as one of the match day replacements.

Zimbabwe arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday afternoon. Both teams, Kenya and Zimbabwe, will hold training sessions on Thursday that are closed to the media.   Their captain’s runs on Friday will take place at the RFUEA  Ground and are open to the media.

After the clash against Kenya, Zimbabwe will head to Tunis to take on hosts Tunisia who suffered a 118-0 defeat to Namibia last weekend. 

Namibia’s 100% start to the campaign(they beat Uganda 55-0), means they lead the 6-team log with 10 points as Kenya Simbas follow with five points. Zimbabwe and Morocco picked 2 points each from their 23-23 draw while Tunisia and Uganda remain with no points after their opening defeats. 

Winner of the 2018 Africa Gold Cup will qualify for Japan 2019 World Cup as Africa 1 to join New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and repechage winner in pool B.

Runners-up will head to a global round-robin repechage tournament to be held in Europe in November 2018.

Simbas
15.Biko Adema (Nondescripts), 14. Tony Onyango (Homeboyz), 13. Peter Kilonzo (KCB), 12. Darwin Mukidza (KCB,vice-captain), 11. Edmund Anya (Strathmore Leos), 10. Isaac Adimo (Kenya Harlequin), 9. Samson Onsomu( Impala Saracens),

1. Patrick Ouko (Homeboyz), 2. Colman Were (Kabras Sugar), 3. Joseph Oder (Kabras Sugar), 4. Andrew Chogo (Kabras Sugar), 5. Malcolm Onsando (Kenya Harlequin), 6. George Nyambua (Kabras Sugar), 7. Elkeans Musonye (Strathmore Leos), 8. Davis Chenge (KCB,captain)

Replacements 16. Peter Karia (KCB), 17. Moses Amusala (KCB), 18. Curtis Lilako (KCB), 19. Oliver Mang’eni (KCB), 20. Dalmus Chituyi (Homeboyz), 21. Martin Owilah (KCB), 22. Xavier Bett (Impala Saracens), 23. Max Kang’eri (Homeboyz)

Post-Driftwoods: SGR, Anuba and Monday Morning

National Sevens Circuit kicked off this past weekend with the Driftwood 7s in Mombasa in what was a clear indication of what to come next.

Hundreds of fans from Nairobi traveled to Mombasa as they couldn’t afford to be left out for the best experience, maybe ever.

This was all because of the much hyped SGR. It was packed for the Friday trip to Mombasa and Monday’s return to Nairobi. Tusker had also sponsored a number of them through #RugbyNaTusker campaign.

Syoks

Inside the train, you would think you’re somewhere around Quins bar. Waiters and waitresses very busy. Everyone was excited waiting to arrive in Mombasa for a weekend of rugby and fun.

Rugby action kicked off on Saturday morning but Coasterians started checking in at around 5pm for the big night at Mombasa Sports Club. For those who wished to party at the Mombasa Sports Club did so up to around 10pm before heading back to their rooms to freshen up then start the night.

Ngeos

There is a kaplace in Nyali called Anuba Lounge. They all met here for the showdown and enjoy the real meaning of DRIFWOOD 7s.

Biryani was also the order of the weekend as this was the only opportunity for one to get a good and real plate of one unlike in Nairobi where you don’t trust the Biryani made here. Barka and Tarboush restaurants took good care of this. I am sure some passed by on Monday morning to buy a take away to Nairobi. 

Biryani

All was not fun though as some big teams were receiving beating right, left and centre. It started with Mean Machine stunning Impala Saracens before KCB won two matches and failed to qualify for cup quarters despite being one of the favorites.

Naomi and COllo

Mwamba were beaten squarely to drop to challenge trophy and were on the verge of getting relegated ahead of their home tournament. They would have invited themselves, funny. Homeboyz won the tournament as it was expected.

On Sunday evening, guys went back to Anuba lounge. Rugby players also joined. What happens in Mombasa stays in Mombasa. Some were even checking in as late as 5.57am as some left Anuba in the morning direct to the Mombasa terminus. 

Ale

Heading back to Nairobi the train was super silent unlike on Friday morning when it was like a NASA rally. The irritating thing about the train to Nairobi is you have to be there by 8 am meaning you’ll wake up by 6am after a weekend full of activities; you’ll probably not take breakfast in your hotel while others will carry their bottles to the train.

Most dozed off till Nairobi terminus thinking of how tomorrow(Tuesday) they are going back to work waiting for the next trip.

While others, 

ObonyooWaob

Next trip comes in two weeks when rugby heads to Nakuru for the Prinsloo while Dala 7s in Kisumu is just around the corner. But first,

But first, twende Kabeberi 7s.

Nakuru Miss Rugby Playoffs, Machine Relegated After 40 Years

Nakuru RFC missed the Kenya Cup playoffs berth despite beating Mean Machine 21-12 in their last match of the league at Nakuru Athletics Club over the weekend.

Nakuru went to the game placed seventh with 43 points and a position off the final playoff sixth spot held by Mwamba who had a three point advantage. 

As they went for a win, Nakuru hoped KCB would do them a favor and beat Mwamba – and that happened – but in their win over Machine they will rue missing out on a bonus point that would have secured them a playoff  spot. 

Though beaten 25-18 at Lions Den, Mwamba earned a vital bonus losing point to tie Nakuru on 47 points to go through on point difference of +115 compared to +64 for Wanyore

Mean Machine and Western Bulls were relegated from Kenya Cup after losing to Top Fry Nakuru and Kabras Sugar in season-enders. 

Machine, who go down after 40 years in the Kenya Cup, lost 21-12 to Nakuru and will now take part in Kenya’s second tier rugby league, championship, in 2017/2018.

The University of Nairobi side who were rugby giants back in the day alongside Nondies went into the last match day needing to beat Nakuru and hope Blak Blad and Western Bulls fell to Impala and Kabras respectively but that didn’t go their way.

Western Bulls, promoted to the Kenya Cup in 2011, went down after failing to beat defending champions Kabras Sugar. They lost 30-14 to Kabras. 

 

Dj Andie, Bash Lead Homeboyz-Nondies Party At Jamhuri

Jamhuri showground is set to be on fire on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 12pm as Homeboyz Rugby will be taking on Nondescripts.

It’s the last match of the 2016/2017 Kenya Cup season before the playoffs and Homeboyz, who are currently on top, will be seeking to bag the maximum points.

Homeboyz Radio’s top Deejayz led by Dj Bash, Dj Andie and Dj Hassan will be on the decks to give you what you want at the right time. Who does it better than these three?

There is a reason for you to attend this match, Homeboyz will be looking to win so that they can cement their top position in the Kenya Cup log while Nondies have always being a rock for the Deejayz.

Nondies can’t qualify for the playoffs neither get relegated so they will just be looking to disappoint the high-flying Homeboyz.

Gates open at 12 noon.

Homeboyz ends KCB’s unbeaten run

A last minute try from substitute Augustine Lugonzo secured a 33-24 victory for Menengai Cream Homeboyz as the Deejayz ended KCB’s Kenya Cup unbeaten run at the KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka. 

KCB ran in four tries, two of them converted as Homeboyz grabbed five of their own from which Kelvin Maasai booted home four extras to improve his conversion haul this season to 16. 

Prior to loss, champions Kabras were the only team to have halted KCB’s winning streak having forced them to a 15-15 draw in week 5, and from that draw, no one else had found a means of stopping them.

This however did matter to Homeboyz who are still yet to lose a match since the 33-32 defeat to Strathmore and had come here looking for a famous first victory at this ground which they were rewarded through a full five pointer.

The weekend also saw Mean Machine end an 11-match losing streak by dismissing Blak Blad 16-10 as Impala beat Mwamba 40-33, Nakuru lost 33-14 to Quins, Nondies beat Western Bulls by 30-18 while Kabras Sugar saw off Strathmore Leos 35-17. 

KCB recall Amonde, Homeboyz to miss Oluoch

KCB have recalled Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde ahead of their crucial Kenya Cup round 13 tie with Homeboyz tomorrow at Ruaraka.

The bankers lead the log with 50 points, five ahead of second placed Kenya Harlequins and remain the only unbeaten side. 

Amonde has been with the national sevens side but is available for only the 13th round of the league as he will be heading to Las Vegas in a week’s time. 

They face a tricky Homeboyz side that has been unstoppable in recent days sitting fourth with 39 points and beat both Impala and Quins in a span of seven days. 

From the side that put 50 points past struggling Strathmore Leos, Peter Karia makes way for George Asin at hooking so as Ian Indimuli for Nick Ongeri at lock. 

Amonde replaces Rocky Aguko while scrum-half former Kenya Under 19 talisman Marlin Mukolwe is in for Michael Wanjala.

Homeboyz will miss the services of their vice-skipper Jeff Oluoch who is ruled out with a knock he picked against Mean Machine a week ago. 

Homeboyz
1.Thomas Okidia 2.Philip Ikambili 3.Bramwell Mayaka 4.Emmanuel Mavala 5.Andrew Chovo 6.Elisha Okello 7.Keith Wasike 8.Steve Otieno 9.Kelvin Masai 10.Michael Wanjala 11.Alvin Otieno 12.Maxwell Kangeri 13.Nelson Sangura 14.Collins Shikoli 15.Tony Onyango
Replacements 16.Elvis Wekesa 17.Elfas Etemesi 18.Roy Wesonga 19.Stanley Isogol 20.Bush Male 21.Augustine Lugonzo 22.Oscar Ayodi 23.Leonard Mugaisi

KCB 

1. Amusala Moses 2. Asin George 3. Lilako Curtis 4. Ongeri Nick 5. Mangeni Oliver 6. Chenge Davis 7. Waitere Peter 8. Amonde Andrew 9. Mukolwe Marlin 10. Shaban Ahmed

11. Ojee Jacob 12. Omondi Brian 13. Kilonzo James 14. Kilonzo Peter 15. Mukidza Darwin

Replacements
16. Karia Peter 17. Olola Jerry 18. Gichure George 19. Mwita Francis 20. Owila Martin 21. Wanjala Michael 22. Abeka Stafford 23. Otieno Essau

 

Kabras, Homeboyz bag wins as Mwamba stop Quins

Skipper Max Adaka returned from a six match ban to score a brace to help Kabras Sugar beat Blak Blad 42-14 in the 12th round of the Kenya Cup.

The win means Kabras reduce the gap between them and second placed Quins after the latter lost 15-7 to Mwamba at Railways Club. 

Kabras led 19-6 at the break after George Nyambua and Max Adaka’s tries. Fijian nationality Jone Kubu also bagged a brace with Philip Wokorach, Duncan Mwangi and Nick Barasa also scoring. 

Elsewhere, Kenyan international Steve Otieno scored a brace as Homeboyz recorded their fourth win in a row and stay within the top four.

Other Kenya Cup matches saw Impala beat Western Bulls 17-15, KCB outclass Strathmore Leos 50-15, Nakuru beat Nondies 20-12 and Quins lose 15-7 to Mwamba.

Kenya Cup:

Nondies 12 Nakuru 20

Mean Machine 0 Homeboyz 38 

Western Bulls 15 Impala 17 

Mwamba 15 – 7 Kenya Harlequins 

Strathmore 15 KCB 50 

Blak Blad 14 Kabras Sugar 42

 

Eric Shirley Shield (ESS) 
Mean Machine II 8 Homeboyz II 32 

Strathmore Leos II 14 KCB II 37 

Western Bulls II 17 Impala II 33 

Blak Blad II 6 Kabras II 18 

Mwamba II 5 Quins II 27 

 

-Photo: Action between Western Bulls and Impala. Photo by Impalasaracens.com 

 

Homeboyz to hold Wekesa’s memorial touch rugby

Menengai Cream Homeboyz will hold a touch rugby on Sunday January 22 at Jamhuri Showground in memory of Andrew Wekesa who died on Sunday.

Wekesa was a Homeboyz prop who was reportedly murdered by thugs in Mlolongo.

A statement released by the club said the touch Rugby, which is open to everyone, will start at 3pm with a fundraiser set to happen at the same venue.

Burial date for Wekesa has not been settled yet but Saturday January 28, 2017 has been set as a tentative one with confirmation set to come from the family.

Police were on Tuesday given seven days by Mavoko Law Courts to complete investigation into Wekesa’s murder.

Wekesa joined Homeboyz in 2011 after clearing high school. He was called up to the Kenya Under 19s that same year and went on to represent the country at the C.A.R. games. He later had a short stint at Impala before returning to Homeboyz. He played his last game for the club this season against Impala in a Kenya Cup game tie, where he picked up an injury and was scheduled to return to action in February.