Family, rugby fraternity appeal for assistance as sevens great Ayimba ails

Family, rugby fraternity appeal for assistance as sevens great Ayimba ails

Ayimba who currently serves as an assistant coach at Kenya Harlequin, is a former Kenya 7s and 15s captain. He was part of the playing unit that represented Kenya at its maiden Rugby World Cup 7s appearance in 2001 in Argentina and Hong Kong in 2005 as well as the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Former Kenya Sevens coaching staff, Paul Murunga (left) and Benjamin Ayimba (right)

Celebrated former national sevens rugby Head Coach Benjamin Ayimba is currently in a Nairobi hospital, admitted with cerebal malaria.

Consequently, his family and the larger rugby fraternity have put out an appeal to well-wishers to help meet the cost of his treatment which currently stands at Ksh 2.2 million (approx US$ 20,500).

Well-wishers can channel their payments through MPESA Paybill 8021673 Account Name: BENJAMIN OTIENO AYIMBA MEDICAL.

Ayimba who currently serves as an assistant coach at Kenya Harlequin, is a former Kenya 7s and 15s captain. He was part of the playing unit that represented Kenya at its maiden Rugby World Cup 7s appearance in 2001 in Argentina and Hong Kong in 2005 as well as the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. Appointed as Kenya Sevens Head Coach for the first time in 2006, He led the team to a semifinal appearance at the 2009 RWC 7s in Dubai. He also coached the team to their first final on the Sevens World Series in Adelaide in 2009.

He returned for his second stint in 2015,  leading the side to their first ever  Sevens World Series title at the 2016 Singapore Sevens as well as an appearance at the inaugural rugby sevens competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

In the year 2000, the Maseno School alumnus also led Impala to their first  Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup titles since 1974, titles they would retain in 2001. He also led Impala to three National Sevens Circuit titles between 1999 and 2001 before moving to Nondescripts in 2002 before joining English side Cornish Pirates between 2003 and 2005.

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