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.
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
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.
Stanbic Bank has signed a shirt deal with Kenya Cup side Mwamba RFC valued at Ksh 3 million as unveiled in Nairobi on Thursday March 2, 2017.
The deal will see Mwamba wear shirts bearing Stanbic Bank’s name with the deal set to be renewed at the end of the 2016/2017 Kenya Cup season.
The deal is part of a partnership that will extend beyond the shirt sponsorship and will see the two organisations collaborate in promoting community health and well-being as part of Corporate Social investment using rugby as a vehicle to reach out and educate the public.
Mwamba RFC president Alvas Onguru welcomed the deal saying Stanbic Bank coming on board as shirt sponsor will play a big role in strengthening the image and stature of the club.
“We are proud to associate with Stanbic Bak. This partnership will play a significant role in developing and raising the profile of Mwamba RFC and assisting it in fulfilling its mandate of promoting rugby in Kenya.”