MWAMBA, KINGS OF KENYA SEVENS

By Mike Kwambo.

As the curtains finally fell on the 2010 Western Union National Sevens Circuit at the Driftwood Sevens, the biggest cheers at the end of the five leg circuit was reserved for Tito Oduk’s Mwamba RFC who accumulated 134 points to run away with the overall title that they last held in 2008.They fused the experience of their “Fantastic Four”, Humprey Kayange, Collins Injera, Lavin Asego and Horace Owiti with the visionary talents of 2010 overall circuit MVP Edgar Abere and the workmanlike George Mbaye, Louis Kisia and Steve Okeyo to gain a clear advantage ahead of the final leg in Mombasa where a 26-0 quarter final result over Strathmore saw the National Sevens Circuit title return to the Nairobi Railway Club.

How Mwamba won it

Mwamba were on course to grab the season opening Christie Sevens, throwing away a 10-0 lead to lose 10-15 to Quins in the main cup final. This left them second on the log with 20 points, four points adrift of their opponents. The two sides would meet for the Prinsloo main cup a week later in Nakuru where an authoritative display from Horace Owiti more than made amends for his schoolboy howler at the Christies that was pivotal in handing Quins victory, landing a brace as “Kulabu” earned revenge, a 17-12 win that saw them claim 30 points and pole position heading into round three in Kisumu.

 

38 points were up for grabs in Kisumu yet only a point separated Mwamba (50 points) from Quins (49 points). The two protagonists would renew their acquaintance in the main cup final. Owiti, still perturbed by his Christie Sevens howler, produced a man of the match performance, scoring one try and setting up one of Collins Injera’s two tries as Mwamba ran off with the Dala Sevens title courtesy of a 15-12 win. The result saw them open up an eight point lead as the circuit headed back to Nairobi.

 

This script was to be repeated at the Kabeberi Sevens where Mwamba and particularly Humphrey Kayange was in omnious form, his brace in the final complimented by a brace from kid bro Collins Injera proving the difference against Quins, beating them 28-14 in the final. An eight point gap atop the circuit standings had now turned to a thirteen point advantage heading into the final round, the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa.

 

Mwamba knew what they had to do in Mombasa, either reach the main cup semi finals or win the plate, assuming that their only challengers for the title, Quins, won the main cup title. Beating outgoing champions Strathmore 26-0 in the main cup quarter finals meant that the National Sevens Circuit would now be in Kulabu’s possession. A semi final loss to Impala may have been an anti-climax but it did not take the gloss off their overall success as they finished the 2010 circuit with 134 points, five more than Quins on 129 points. Impala RFC claimed third place overall.