NAIROBI, Kenya, June 26 – Chipu Jackpot were crowned the champions of the mCHEZA Rugby 7s Festival after defeating Mcheza 295525 in a score line of 19-12 in the tournament played at the RFUEA Grounds.
Chipu, coached by Kenya 7s utility player Felix Ayange won Sh500, 000 prize money with David Tabu of 29888 MIRO named the Most Valuable Player to go home with Sh100, 000.
Wakulima Alamavida walloped Intalot 10-5 to finish third while 29888 MIRO struck a drop goal on the hooter to narrowly beat Mcheza Barbarians 14-12 and lift the Bowl while Wavuvi Monsters hammered Menengai Ruffians 10-0 to grab the Shield title.
The tournament’s aim is to support and accelerate the high performance 7s youth development programmes in Kenya by giving young and up-coming players from all regions a chance to form franchise teams under the stewardship of the Kenya 7s players.
mCHEZA 295525 was coached by Philip Wamae while Kenya 7s fly half Lavin Asego mentored Intralot as Denis Mwanja guided Cheza Barbarians.
Mwamba RFC Prop Horace Otieno steered 29888 MIRO while Wakulima Alamavida played under the guidance of Patrice Agunda.
Scrum Half Michael Wanjala and Winger Cyprian Kuto coached Wavuvi Monsters and Menengai Ruffians respectively.
“The Kenya sevens team is setting a great example for the country. Our youth need positive role models and the mentorship role that the players took up through the mCHEZA 7s Rugby tournament was remarkable. As mCHEZA we are delighted to take these role models and connect them to young players,” mCHEZA Director Julie Gichuru said.
Since launching in December 2015, mCHEZA recently launched their online play platform to include other sporting fields like rugby.
The company is also using its platform to contribute to the growth of the sports industry in Kenya by supporting talent development through various initiatives like the partnership with Green Sports Africa, Sports Personality of the Year (SOYA), rally ace Tejas Hirani among others to nurture talented athletes in Kenya.