Rugby takes root in the streets
30 December 2013, 11:07
Nairobi - Street rugby is taking the country by storm, in a move that is poised to cement Kenya’s status as one of the continent’s leading rugby countries.
According to optimists, the country is on course to become the highest-ranked country in the sport in Africa.
Kenya, which is rated among Africa's top five rugby nations alongside South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Uganda, has over the years witnessed increased street rugby matches among youths, particularly school leavers.
“Normally we engage in street rugby competitions when it is holiday or weekends because most of us will be looking for jobs. Rugby is a game for men, and as a boy with high ambition of becoming a national rugby player, I should start preparing from the street right now. I strongly believe one day I will be selected to represent Kenya at national level. Last week, some rugby national executives were here to watch us without knowing,” an excited Kelvin Macharia told CAJ News in Nairobi.
Edward Kimathi, who did his computer studies at City Varsity, said rugby was his favourite sport.
“I can foresee Kenya dislodging South Africa to become Africa's number one, and eventually the world champions. World rugby champions should come from Africa if my assessment are anything to go by, but poor financial support hampers that success story,” said Kimathi.
Gilbert Mwoma echoed the same sentiments saying rugby was “the future for Kenya” after athletics.
“We are playing in the streets just for the love of rugby, otherwise there are no many clubs in Kenya. Worse still, there is less supported given to rugby sport hence appearing like a useless sport,” Mwoma said.
– CAJ News