Kenya wins Shield at Hong Kong Sevens

Injera and Asego create history for Kenya’s rugby 7s team

7'sKenya proved too good for Japan, as they ran out 26-7 winners in the Shield final of the Hong Kong round of the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series.

After trading first-half tries, Kenya’s coming courtesy of Collins Injera – who, with this touchdown became the all-time leading try scorer in Hong Kong on 26 – a second-half brace from Billy Odhiambo and a late Leonard Mugaisi try gave the Kenya Airways-sponsored Shujaas victory.

Captain Andrew Amonde hoped to build on this success in the Tokyo leg of the series, which took place on 4-5 April (results not known before going to press): “We needed a morale-boosting victory and we are happy to win the Shield,” he said. “It’s been a tough weekend for us but this will give us confidence ahead of Tokyo.”

During the weekend Lavin Asego became the first Kenyan player to reach the milestone of 1000 points in the World Series, and only the tenth player of all-time to achieve the feat.

KQ Golf Safari showcases Kenya
Muthaiga amateur Joseph Njagi emerged as the overall winner of the 2014/15 Kenya Airways Golf Safari Grand Finale, which took place at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in Nairobi at the end of March. This saw the culmination of four months of golf played in 13 countries across Africa and Asia.

Kenya Golf Union chairman Peter Warui thanked the management of Kenya Airways for donating Ksh1.5 million towards golf development in the country. Kenya Airways CEO Mbuvi Ngunze added that the airline was committed to sustaining development across Africa.

Phyllis J. Kandie, Cabinet Secretary of East African Affairs, Commerce & Tourism, said the Golf Safari had been a unifying factor in the country and overseas. “I’m happy that KQ is showing the way and has showcased Kenya as a tourist destination. We are promoting golf tourism to ensure we steer it to the next level, considering that Nairobi has more than six golf courses,” said Kandie.

The 2014/15 Kenya Airways Golf Safari started at Railways Nairobi last November and has since visited 14 local clubs and an additional 12 across Africa and Asia.