Rugby fans in Mwiruti were today treated to a spectacle, as Bungoma Wazalendo Rugby club battled the home team in a rugby 7s and rugby 10s match.
In the Rugby 7s match, Wazalendo were quick to get on the score board with their winger showing great speed, to go on the outside of his opposite player and score. Wazalendo followed it up with two more tries before the break with a brace from their scrum half.
In the Second half Wazalendo picked up from where they had left with two more tries before Mwiruti responded with three tries.
In the rugby 10s game, Mwiruti RFC gave Wazalendo a taste of their own medicine, when they scored 3 consecutive tries to head into the break with a 15-0 lead. In the second half, they added two more tries before Wazalendo fired back with a consolation try from their hard running prop Emmanuel Wanjala.
Wazalendo Rugby Vice Captain, Keith Wafula, while being hosted for a live radio interview disclosed the team’s program for the year 2021.
In the lively interview held from 5pm, the current Wazalendo Vice captain was put to task to explain why the name Wazalendo was chosen, to which he responded,” Most players here play the game out of passion and determination. Which are key pillars of patriotism.”
He also urged President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, to step in and cushion Rugby players from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. This comes after the recent containment measures, greatly impacted sports leaving most rugby players in a bad state financially.
The interviewers then asked him if Rugby players use any drugs or muscle builders, to which he jokingly replied that rugby players only use legal things.
He spoke of the upcoming Friendly match between Wazalendo and their perennial rivals Mumias RFC, stating that the match will proceed when the government gives the greenlight. He compared the derby between the two teams with the mashemaji derby between AFC and Gor Mahia.
He also mentioned that Wazalendo Rugby, has launched a sports agency which will be incharge of all player transfers to other clubs at a fee of 25% of the transfer cost.
Most importantly he mentioned that the Bungoma Wazalendo team, will be participating in the nationwide league come end of the year. On a lighter note, the interviewers asked him why alot of ladies love rugby players, to which he said rugby and women are like tea and sugar. Viva Wazalendo.
Benjamin Otieno Ayimba, a former Kenya Rugby 7s player and the most successful rugby 7s coach in Kenya, having coached the team to its first ever major tournament in the world series in Singapore 2016, is currently battling for his life at the Nairobi Hospital. The 43 year old father and husband, is also a director at Ayimba Rugby School and Infiniti EA Group.
The family says that Benjamin Otieno Ayimba ,has been ailing from Cerebral Malaria after being diagnosed and he is currently in HDU.
However, the rugby great needs specialised treatment at The Kenyatta National Hospital but only after clearing a bill of 2 Million that was generated while receiving treatment at the Nairobi National Hospital.
The family says he can hardly speak or recognize anyone for days now. He has been suffering from this condition since January to date.
The family now calls on well wishers to help them sort the bill. “We are appealing to all well wishers to help contribute towards getting him the best medical treatment and back on his feet again.”
The first season of quarantine Rugby ran from May last year, through to December, culminating in a mother of all Rugby festivals that was well attended by fans across Bungoma town.
With the country under partial lockdown, Bungoma Wazalendo Community Rugby Club has unveiled a creative program to keep their players active and in good spirits throughout the quarantine period.
Earlier this morning, Wazalendo unveiled a number of activities that the team will be partaking, key among them the launching of the Wazalendo Rugby Agency, which shall manage all transfers of Wazalendo players to major clubs at a 25% commission.
Also the club has unveiled a leadership program, that will see several Wazalendo players get the opportunity to address press conferences on behalf of the team, participate in Television interviews, as well as get involved in numerous public speaking events and Covid 19 sensitisation programs.
The Patriots from Bungoma, have come up with entrepreneurship programs that will see members participate in different businesses to enable them keep afloat during the pandemic period.
Training has been scaled down to 5 players per session, to enable adherence to Covid 19 guidelines issued by the government.
The Patriots are set to play their first match of the year at the end of April, against their fierce rivals Mumias RFC, in what is termed as the Aseka Cup. The Wazalendo team will be away in Mumias for the first leg and will hope for a much improved performance from last year’s visit.
Mumias will then come to Bungoma for the return league in August, but in between Wazalendo are expected to have played against Nalondo Rfc, Kitale Rfc and the Border Rucks Rugby team from Busia.
The Patriots have entered into a strategic partnership with the rugby teams from Kabula, Bumula and Mwiruti inorder to boost their numbers ahead of the crucial friendlies and the nationwide season which will kick off in November.
Lastly, the Patriots have promised to host another Festival come December this year, this is inorder to celebrate the rapidly growing rugby culture and love for the sport among residents of Bungoma town.
Five patriots had the honour of taking part in the Kenya Rugby Under 20 trials earlier on today, which were conducted at the Kenya Rugby Union grounds home to Kenya rugby giants Kenya Harlequins RFC.
Roy Nandwa, a Wazalendo protege, was his usual self, running those dangerously elusive lines on attack and displaying rock solid defence when he was needed to. His ability to play any position in the backline is an added advantage for him.
Obed Nyabika, playing at his preferred scrum half position, was on fire with his well timed passes putting the forwards in to space. His ability to martial forwards was also on display, with the coaches seemingly impressed by it.
Ken Obel despite not getting much game time, is a player to watch and he proved that with a huge defensive hit on an opponent when he was brought in. He’s an exemplary quick forward with an ability to play in the second row and back row positions with great comfort.
Quinton Plimo is as dangerous on defence as he is on attack. Playing in the open side prop position his abilities at scrum time proved useful, and earned him the attention of the headcoach among other coaches that were present and also took notice.
The crown though, goes to Austin Aunyasi, he’s barely 10 months old in rugby having joined the sport May of last year (2020). He was quite unfortunate not to play rugby in Highschool, but that definitely did not stop the young lad from joining the Wazalendo Rugby team last year, and now he’s on the verge of getting selected to the Kenya Under 20 national team. The future looks bright for the young man from Bungoma and here at Wazalendo we wish him all the very best.
The official list of all those who’ll be selected to join the training camp will be unveiled in two weeks time.
The Wazalendo project phase I came to an end, on the 26th of December 2020 with the highly anticipated Wazalendo Rugby festival marking its end.
Phase II kicks off later on this afternoon, after the Wazalendo board approved it.
The main focus being, creating more rugby awareness in learning institutions across Western Kenya.
Wazalendo’s headcoach Peter Wamoto, is set to kick start his tour of Western Kenya this afternoon, with a short trip to Mumias, where he is expected to watch the incoming vs outgoing match at Koyonzo Highschool. He will then give his remarks on the match.
Earlier in the day, speaking to the Wazalendo press, Wamoto had quite alot to say about the Wazalendo phase II project and why he chose Mumias as his first destination.
“I’m so excited about phase II of the Wazalendo project, it’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I chose to begin with Mumias because it’s a place that holds alot of memories for me, having spent the first 10 years of my life there, I’ve always been keen to see rugby grow and flourish there. I’ll be heading to Koyonzo Secondary School later on today, at the invitation of their rugby coach Mr Okwemba. I expect to work with several schools both in Bungoma,Busia,Kakamega,Vihiga and Trans Nzoia counties in the forthcoming months.” Peter Wamoto.
The phase 2 project is also expected to cover colleges and Universities, among them Sang’alo Institute,KMTC and Kibabii University in Bungoma, as well as primary schools in the entire region. To book the Wazalendo headcoach for a session in any learning institution, email him ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tomorrow afternoon, the Airstrip in Bungoma will play host to an important tournament, as the Patriots host their first ever rugby festival.
Webuye RFC and Busia RFC are expected to attend the event, with Nalondo, Kimilili and Kibabii RFC also likely to be present.
The tournament will kick off at midday with a series of rugby 7s matches, before eventually ending with a rugby 15s match that is expected to kickoff at 2pm.
Both Wazalendo Senior and Junior teams are co-hosting this festival, fans are highly advised to show up in large numbers and since it’s Oktoberfest, am guessing we all know the drink of choice. Come one, come all. #LetUsMakeBungomaRugbyGreatAgain
The railway line that runs straight through the town centre will be used as the baseline, with all players living on the lower side of the railway(Mashambani, Downtown, Mandizini, Musikoma and ranje), forming the South team.
The North team will consist of players residing in Marell,Sinoko, Milimani,Kanduyi,Siritanyi and Sikata).
The match will be a rugby 15s game, that will serve as build up to the 2020/21 season which the patriots are set to register and participate in.
The game Kicks off at 12.30pm at the Airstrip. Fans are advised to wear masks and come in large numbers.