C Injera at London 7s in 2018. Getty Images
Stanbic Mwamba squad, World beaters in waiting -Injera
By Eric Njiru | Tue 27 Aug, 2019 13:32

Sevens great Collins Injera believes the current Stanbic Mwamba squad can become World beaters just like the 2011 squad that won back to back national sevens circuit titles. 

Mwamba's 2010 and 2011 squad had the likes of Injera, Humphrey Kayange, Lavin Asego, Kevin Wambua, Edgar Abere, Orio, Horace Awiti, Dennis Ombachi, Mike Agevi, Steve Sewe, Chris Asego, Louis Kisia, Steve Okeyo and Collins Omae.

Almost everyone mentioned above has gone ahead to represent Kenya and play in the highest level of the sevens game. From Injera being the all-time top scorer to Kayange seeing Sevens back to the Olympics, Asego scoring 1026 points and Dennis Ombachi sending Kenya to the first-ever Olympics. 

Currently, youngins like Eliakim Kichoi and Daniel Taabu have already represented Kenya 7s. Ronnie Omondi, Tony Omondi, Steve Sikuta, Alex Aturo, Joel Inzuga, Jeremy Chimwani, Meshack Obota, Nicholas Kato, Greg Odhiambo, George Omolla and James Ochieng are all in line to become World beaters if they follow in the footsteps of Injera and co. 

"It's very exciting playing with them as it reminds me of how I started, as I was raw, inexperienced, but full of energy," said Injera in an exclusive interview with Raga House. 

"I am enjoying the guidance and game mentorship I offer to them, we have a very young and talented squad who are really working hard to make a name for themselves, and hopefully one day they too shall achieve their goals and dreams. I have never stopped learning and I am doing so with this current squad as they always bring something new to the table, from gameplays to dance styles etc."

Injera, Agevi and now head coach Kevin Wambua are some of those who won the circuit in 2010 and 2011. He compares both sets of teams saying brotherhood is common.

"The two squads are very different as each has its own strengths and weaknesses but one thing that has been in both and has remained a constant is the brotherhood we have and the family-like environment we have created."

"The bond I have formed with my teammates in both squads is something I treasure a lot and the memories we have made together are good ones. The technical know-how in the 2019 squad is higher than the one we had in 2011 reason being the game has really evolved since that time in 2011."

Injera has played 409 matches at the HSBC World Sevens Series scoring 1393 points from 271 tries. Only England's Dan Norton has scored more than Injera going over 338 times. 

"My advice to them(current Mwamba squad) is that nothing in this sport comes easy, you have to put in the work and focus on the process, and while at it they should make sure they enjoy themselves."

Mwamba has not won the national sevens circuit since 2011 with Quins, KCB,(2) Nakuru, Homeboyz(2) and Kabras taking the honours but that could change in 2019 as they are in prime position to clinch the title in two weeks.

After four legs, Mwamba has won two(Kabeberi and Prinsloo 7s) to sit second on 69 points, three behind KCB who have also won two legs. Christie and Driftwood 7s remain. 
Heading to the final leg of 2011 circuit, Mwamba had won three legs with Quins claiming one in what was a two-horse race. 

Mwamba RFC’s success at the 2011 Kenya National Sevens Circuit was rewarded with the calling-up of six Mwamba players to the 24- man squad that will do did in the International Rugby Board’s 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series.
They were Kayange, Abere, Ombachi, Asego, Injera and Owiti. 

Eric Njiru
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