NAIROBI, Kenya, March 25 – This season’s Bamburi Rugby Super Series will break new ground by staging fixtures at the famous Mumias Sports Complex.Series chairman Aggrey Chabeda told Capital Sport that the move is aimed at solidifying the growing rugby fan base in Western Kenya and is a convenient location for Ugandan rugby fans.
“Mumias Sports complex recently held CECAFA (Senior Challenge) Cup matches, it opens up rugby in various parts of Kenya and it also fans from Uganda will find it easier to cross over and enjoy the action,” said Chabeda.
The complex is expected to host Western Buffaloes home matches after being shifted from Kisumu.
Chabeda said that seven out of the eight franchises have already submitted their provisional squads for the tournament that kicks off on April 24.
The tournament that runs up to May 22 will also be held in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kampala and Arusha.
“In the past we have used trials to select players due to scheduling difficulties. This season we’ve managed to achieve what we wanted where the leagues get finished, we have the series than the internationals follow thereafter,” said Chabeda.
“Its going to make it very interesting for spectators because the best way to analyze players is when their playing for their respective clubs,” he added.
Chabeda was speaking after receiving an Sh850,000 sponsorship package from Maxam Limited who are sponsoring the event under Heineken.
“We have increased this year’s sponsorship by Sh100,000 which shows our commitment to the tournament and rugby as a whole,” said Maxam CEO Ngugi Kiuna.