As anticipation mounts for the upcoming Safari Sevens Rugby tournament this weekend, all eyes are fixed on the reigning African Rugby Champions Shujaa and Lionesses
The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Board on Thursday announced the completion of all arrangements for an exhilarating three-day rugby extravaganza, scheduled to take place from Friday through to Sunday.
KRU Chairman Sasha Mutai expressed his confidence about the tournament stating that they have dedicated extensive efforts to ensure that the Safari Sevens remains a pivotal event in the rugby calendar.
“While it may not match the grandeur of the 2013 tournament, its significance in upholding the event’s legacy is unquestionable.”
The tournament is set to unfold at the Rugby Football Union of East Africa (RFUEA) grounds along Ngong Road, Nairobi, from November 17th to 19th, following a hiatus last year.
Highlighting the tournament’s influence, Mutai emphasized that the Safari Sevens plays a critical role in the development of rugby in Kenya, showcasing both local and international talent.
“This year is particularly significant as it marks the beginning of Shujaa’s journey back to the World Series and follows their qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympics.”
He further noted that as a pivotal preparatory event for the Paris 2024 Olympics, the tournament provides an invaluable platform for teams like Shujaa and the Lionesses to refine their skills for the international stage.
The men’s teams participating include Shujaa, Morans, KCB (National 7s circuit champions), Uganda, Samurai, Germany, Red Wailers, Tropic 7s, Western Province, and SA All Stars. The women’s category features Kenya’s Lionesses 1&2, Uganda, Tuks Women, and Tropic 7s.
The participation of these teams, particularly the African squads and international powerhouses, is crucial, offering a unique opportunity to challenge the African champions on their home ground.
This year’s event has garnered significant corporate support, with sponsors including the Ministry of Sports through Talanta Hela, Tusker, Faiba, Coca Cola, Samsung, and Rexona, among others.
Kenya Rugby Union Commercial Director, Harriet Okach, emphasized the renewed commitment to integrity, stating, “The recent efforts to rebuild trust with our corporate partners have been a cornerstone of our strategy. We are dedicated to upholding strong governance, aiming to restore the prestige of Kenyan rugby.”
“The return of Safari Sevens is a landmark event for Kenyan rugby. It presents an exceptional opportunity for the sport to expand its reach both locally and internationally,” She concluded.