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Fourth round of the National Sevens Series will be hosted at the Ngong Hills Sports Resort for a period of two years starting with the 2017 edition which takes place on 9/10 September.This decision was arrived at by the Kenya Rugby Union following the submission of hosting bids by interested clubs and entities.

Menengai Cream Homeboyz topped the bidding,earning the right  to host the event at their proposed venue in 2017 and 2018.A joint bid by Western Bulls and Kabras Sugar RFC was second overall in the bidding process, granting them the rights to host this round of the NSS in 2019 and 2020.The National Sevens Series is Kenya Rugby's premier club sevens competition and is played over six rounds, the team accumulating the most points at the close of  the series crowned club sevens champions of Kenya

The Africa U20 Championship final was held on Sunday 23 April 2017 in Antananarivo Madagascar where Kenya U20 faced Namibia U20 with the latter emerging Champions having registered a 66-24 win. 

Trailing 19-0 minutes in the first half, Chipu got on the scoreboard courtesy of flanker Stanley Isogol try with Henry Ayah adding the extras. Scoreboard then reading 19-7 to Namibia had Chipu attack the Namibia U20 resulting to another Kenya try through Victor Matiko with the conversion sailing wide. Moments to Half time, Namibia would extend their lead to 26-12.

Enter second half, Namibia got in two converted tries before Kenya bounced back with two tries by Stephen Keter and Charles Tendwa as Fullback Joshua Mwangi converted Tendwa's try. Namibia managed to drill in a try in between the two Kenyan tries as the scoreboard now read Chipu 24 - Namibia 47. Namibia's dominance saw them add 19 extra points bringing the score to 24-66 at full time.

Leading 20-17 at the interval, Chipu coasted to a 34-24 win over Zimbabwe in Africa U20 action in Antananaravivo on Thursday afternoon.

Chipu's try scorers were Joshua Macharia, Steve Keter, William Diffu and Michael Kimwele with Henry Ayah adding four conversions and two penalties.

Head Coach Paul Odera, communicating with Kenya Rugby after the match said, "Our defensive system held under the pressure. Our tackle technique was good on most occasions and the confidence to attack from deep in our half got us two tries."

The result sees Chipu through to the final where the winner of the second clash between Namibia and Madagascar awaits them.

The newly created National Sports, Culture and Arts fund is intended to support development of sports, culture and arts. Monies are collected from  taxed proceeds of betting firms and thereafter pooled  into the proposed fund for distribution to various sports, culture and art related activities and organizations.

  The country has witnessed inefficiencies in sports activities attributed to poor planning and misappropriation of sports funds. With this in mind, there is hardly anything to look forward to with the establishment of this fund, especially when little, if no regard has been given to the detailed funding requirements of each sports federation. Further, , the needs of sports federations differ greatly from those of arts and cultural bodies, something that the fund fails to take note of. 

For example, United Kingdom came to a conclusion that that imposing gambling tax was a misguided move and abolished it 16 years ago. The then Chancellor Gordon Brown announced that bookmakers would be taxed on their gross profits at a rate of 15%. He also scrapped the system in which the Government collected betting duty of 6.75% from bookmakers, which was passed on to punters in a 9% tax, meaning bookmakers absorbed all the costs of the new tax themselves.This is food for thought for our authorities

Imposition of the 50% taxation on betting firms directly impacts on their beneficiaries, a case in point, the Kenya Rugby Union who will be hit by scaled back funding from our title sponsor.

Ronald Bukusi, C.E.O for Kenya Rugby Union(KRU), said that scaling back of funding from betting companies, as intended in the proposed National Sports, Culture and Arts fund will be defeatist, and retrogressive to the growth of the game, and sport in general. He added that sports federations are constantly being requested to be self-sustaining, to be attractive to sponsors, and that is what the Kenya Rugby Union has been achieving by getting support from sponsors. 

The organization recently entered a five year partnership with SportPesa worth Ksh 600m, a venture geared towards growing the game at all levels, across all genders in the country. It is a venture that has been beneficial to the organization in terms of improved perks and performances by our national squads as well as timely access to funds and resources for developmental programs. As a result, KRU  is able to develop and implement programs over the short and long terms while remaining accountable to all its stakeholders. 

 “Rugby is the fastest growing team sport in the country, a feat that could not have been achieved without the implementation of these programs. We have witnessed players and teams from areas and schools previously viewed as non-traditional rugby playing zones taking up the sport, and even breaking into the national squads and winning national titles,” said Mr. Richard Omwela, KRU Chairman

“The Kenya Rugby Union in particular, is keen on further growing and developing the game within all corners of the country, and amongst all willing participants. These development programs require heavy funding from the organization as well as its various benefactors,” added the KRU Chairman  

With increased uptake of the game, there has inevitably been an increase in various opportunities within the sport. There is suddenly a demand for coaches, physiotherapists, conditioning coaches, analysts, kit suppliers, food vendors, event managers and kit suppliers. Employment opportunities have been created directly and indirectly. 

“The organization has not only been able to run various programs, but also host successful events, generate other revenue streams , pay staff salaries while creating employment opportunities directly and indirectly. Maureen, who initially started out cleaning the offices at the KRU Secretariat now also cleans kit for several other teams and has been able to employ six people to aid in her operations, do we want to throw this all away? The National Sports, Culture and Arts fund in its current form will hurt the growth and development of Kenyan sports. ,” Mr. Bukusi concluded.

Andrew Amonde and Dennis Ombachi were among the top performers on the DHL tracker at close of the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday. 

Frank Wanyama (pictured above) and Dennis Ombachi were Shujaa’s top try scorers in Hong Kong. The duo each scored 5 tries as the side reached the Challenge Trophy final, falling to a 19-21 loss to Scotland at the Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday evening.

This tournament was also Ombachi’s first appearance for Kenya on the HSBC Sevens World Series this season. 

Shujaa will look to mount a successful Singapore Sevens title defense next weekend. They have been drawn in Pool C with Australia, Argentina and Samoa.

Hong Kong Sevens winners Fiji are in Pool A with Canada, Russia and Hong Kong while Pool B features South Africa, England, France and Japan. Pool D comprises USA, New Zealand, Scotland  and Wales.

It will be recalled that Shujaa won last year’s Singapore Sevens with a 30-7 win over Fiji in the cup final on Sunday 16 April. 

A 19-21  Challenge Trophy final loss to Scotland saw Shujaa collect seven points from the Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday evening. The result saw the team climb up one place in the latest standings from 12th to 11th with 47 points.

Frank Wanyama opened the scoring, Sammy Oliech converting for a 7-0 score but Gary Hart’s converted try brought the Scots level before Jamie Fleming’s try and Wight’s conversion gave Scotland a 14-7 lead.

Dennis Ombachi would score as Shujaa trailed 12-14 at the break.

 Fleming’s third converted try saw Shujaa trail further, the scores 12-21 and were for their incessant pressure when Andrew Amonde touched down under the posts, Oliech with the conversion, too little to late as full time soon sounded.

Olympic champions Fiji defeated South Africa 22-0 to win the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens 

Dennis Ombachi returned to make his first appearance for Shujaa this season at the Hong Kong Sevens. Kenya Rugby caught up with Ombachi after the team’s 24-5 win over Russia in the Challenge Trophy semifinal on Sunday 9 April.

“It is always a pleasure representing the shirt, playing amongst this bunch of great gentlemen. They’ve shown character on  and off the pitch. We thank God. We hope to collect the eight points available in the Challenge Trophy Final and build up for Singapore,” said Ombachi in his comments.

Shujaa will face Scotland at 12.30pm EAT for the Challenge Trophy title. 

View the Dennis Ombachi Video Interview HERE

 

A 24-5 win over Russia saw Shujaa progress to the Hong Kong Sevens Challenge Trophy final at the Hong Kong  Stadium on Sunday afternoon. They will face Scotland at 12.30pm EAT Dennis Ombachi would pluck the ball from the air after kick off, creating an attacking platform for Shujaa would eventually touched down through Billy Odhiambo, Sammy Oliech adding the extras for a 7-0 score. 

Andrew Amonde would make a try saving tackle as Russia attacked, secure the ball and on the offload release Frank Wanyama who sprinted about forty meters clear. He delivered the ball to Billy Odhiambo who set up Brian Tanga for the try, Oliech missing the conversion with the scores at 12-0.Wanyama would land his fourth try of the weekend and Shujaa’s third moments to half time, 17-0 at the break.

Oliech would then convert Dennis Ombachi’s try before the Russians grabbed a late consolation through Dmitri Kapalin, 24-5 at full time.

 

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