Fare thee well, our legend ‘Benja’

National rugby sevens team head coach Benjamin Ayimba relaxes during their training session at Brookhouse school, Nairobi in this undated file photo. Ayimba died on May 20, 2021 after succumbing to cerebral malaria. 

Photo credit: Chris Omollo | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The outpour of tributes in both mainstream and social media from Kenyans and the world of rugby, led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, is clear proof of Ayimba’s status
  • The highlights of his stellar career was Kenya sevens team’s maiden appearance at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016) and their World Sevens Rugby Series victory in Singapore, also in 2016
  • Kenya Rugby Union chairman Oduor Gangla also confirmed that “a warrior had rested”

Cerebral malaria might have cut Benjamin Ayimba’s life short at prime age, but the former Kenya sevens rugby head coach lived his rugby life to the fullest.


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