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Former Kenya Sevens head coach Benjamin Ayimba during the Safari Sevens at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani in 2013. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

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Family of rugby legend Ayimba appeals for financial help to settle medical bill

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8 – The family of Kenya Sevens legend Benjamin Ayimba is appealing for financial help to cater for his rising medical bill as he continues to get treatment at a Nairobi Hospital where he was admitted again three weeks ago with cerebral malaria complications.

Ayimba has been in and out of hospital since late 2020 and speaking to Capital Sport, rugby sevens great Oscar Osir, who played alongside Ayimba in their heydays, said his medical care is still on-going and the family needs to urgently raise Ksh 2.5 million to settle medical bill.

Well-wishers can send their contributions through PAYBILL NUMBER 8021673 under Account Name: BENJAMIN OTIENO AYIMBA MEDICAL

“Benjamin has been in and out of hospital since January and he got admitted again three weeks ago, it started as a minor thing but now it has complicated. Having exhausted medical insurance, his family needs to urgently raise Ksh 2.5 million, we are calling on all well-wishers to help our legend,” Osir said.

Ayimba, the former Kenya 7s and 15s Captain, is the most successful local Kenya Sevens Coach, having written history by guiding Kenya to its first ever World Sevens Series Cup title in 2016, winning the Singapore 7s after stunning Fiji 30-7.

Ayimba represented Kenya at Rugby Sevens World Cups (2001 and 2005) as a player. His first appointment as Kenya 7s head coach came in 2006, replacing his coach at Impala Bill Githinji, a position he held to 2011.

During his tenure in 2009 he guided Kenya to its first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.

Ayimba made a comeback to the national team set up in 2015 as head coach, and he guided Kenya to its first ever Cup title in Singapore the following year (2016).

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