NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – Collins Injera went over twice as Shujaa launched their Safari Sevens campaign with an emphatic 31-0 win over Zambia at the RFUEA Ground on Saturday morning.
Shujaa who last won the title in 2016 showed their early intent with a brilliant display and Injera, playing his first Safari 7s since 2012 literally led from the front.
“It feels great to be back and definitely getting two tries to top it up is awesome. We had a good start and hopefully we can maintain it to the end. There are very good teams at this tournament and we can’t take anyone lightly,” Injera said after the game.
Coach Paul Feeney said; “We had a bit of a jittery start in the first three minutes but we managed to come into it. The first game is always tough but to get it over with a win is always a plus.”
From a Zambia scrum, Shujaa turned over possession with Injera running on the blind side and dotting down under the posts.
Daniel Taabu booted home the extras as the home side took a 7-0 lead.
Injera was at it again for Shujaa’s second try when he ran half the length of the pitch after Nelson Oyoo turned over possession.
Taabu once again did the job on the twos as Shujaa went to the break 14-0 up.
Oyoo then added a try in the second half before Bush Mwale went over under the posts, both unconverted.
Mike Okello then finished off the job at the buzzer as Shujaa commanded a good start to the tourney.
In the other group match, South Africa’s Blue Bulls played to a 24-24 draw with Russia Academy.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s second tier team Morans also started their campaign with a win beating Uganda 24-10 while South Africa’s Blitzbokke picked up the biggest win yet of the day with a 61-0 thrashing of Burundi.