Kevin Atandi’s last minute bold penalty goal against a resilient Nondies RFC made sure that Mwamba RFC finished third at this year’s Christie Sevens hosted by Kenya Harlequins at RFUEA Grounds over the weekend.
Mwamba had trailed 0-7 at the breather against the White Shirts but turned up hungrier of the two in the second half. Michael Agevi landed under the posts after a patient build up by Kulabu. Atandi added the extras to the level the scores.
With the hooter gone and scores level, Mwamba won a penalty 35m off the posts and Bonke elected to kick for posts. He took his time, intense concentration and launched a massive kick. Assistant referees’ flags went up. Kick was good and with that Kulabu ended the tournament on a winning note.
Earlier, Mwamba had endured anxious moments against Strathmore Leos coming from 0-10 down to win 15-10 in extra time. Tony Owuor’s brace of tries put Strathmore 10-0 and they seemed to be coasting to a rout, dominating Mwamba early on until Shaban Ahmed broke lose, racing clear to touch down
before half time.
A resurgent Mwamba were the better side in the second half,drawing level through Martin Wanjia’s try that took the game to sudden death extra time, Daniel Sikuta going over to see the defending champions through to the last four.
Mwamba’s march to the Main Cup finals was ended by a 7-17 loss to KCB in the semis.
Mwamba had finished second in Pool D after beating Kisumu 26-12 and Daystar 29-0 before losing to eventual winners and hosts Kenya Harlequin 7-21.