Kenya wins the Bowl at USA Rugby Sevens

The KQ-sponsored team achieve success on the world stage

Rugby7sKenya beat ArgentinA 24-21, scoring three second-half tries to win the Bowl final at the Las Vegas round of the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series.

In a tight first half Bush Mwale scored for the Kenya Airways-sponsored Kenyans before Santiago Alvarez levelled. A double from Tony Opondo and Mwale’s second try in the second half opened the match up for the Kenyans before Segundo Tuculet and Francisco Merello struck back late for Argentina. But it was Kenya who claimed eight series points, which saw them rise to twelfth place in the overall standings.

“It was a good game,” said Opondo. “The Argentines were really tough in attack and we needed to make up for losing to them in the pool stages in the last few rounds. This win also makes up for losing to Fiji [in the Bowl final] here last year.”

Kenya advanced to the Bowl final after beating Samoa 19-5 in the semi-final, following victories against Portugal and Canada at the group stage.

Some 75,000 fans watched the three-day event at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, USA.

KQ steps up intra-Africa services

KQ has confirmed ongoing market enhancement programmes in Ethiopia and Djibouti as part of a strategic effort to boost its intra-Africa service delivery.

The programme has already seen the opening of a fully-fledged Kenya Airways office in Djibouti’s capital city and heightened marketing activities in Addis Ababa.

Kenya Airways’ Africa Marketing Manager Jacquie Muhati said the move is geared to raising air traffic from its Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub to various continental destinations.

The airline, she disclosed, is also seeking to encourage intra-Africa tourism and economic relations through its KQ Holidays and KQ Cargo subsidiaries, as it seeks to capitalise on its position as the airline with the youngest fleet in Africa.

“As part of Kenya Airways’ corporate growth plan, we are investing heavily to guarantee our market position as the airline of choice in all the African destinations that we fly to, including Djibouti and Addis Ababa,” Muhati confirmed. “We want to see more Kenyans travelling to Ethiopia and Djibouti for holidays and business and we also want to facilitate
tourism and business opportunities for more Ethiopians and Djiboutians, here in Kenya.”