After being canceled for several years due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the passing of legendary rugby player, organizer, and crowd-puller Benjamin Ayimba, the Masaku Sevens Rugby Festival is making a triumphant return.
Since its launch in 2012, the event has by far been one of the biggest attractions in the region, with thousands of fans flocking to Machakos to witness the thrilling games, resulting in overnight traffic jams.
However, with the completion of the Nairobi Superhighway and the dual carriage from Nairobi to the Kyumbi junction, traffic is expected to flow smoothly this year.
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The Benjamin Ayimba Rugby Legacy Tournament, held last week in honor of the fallen Kenyan rugby icon and coach, served as a curtain raiser for the Masaku Sevens event. This year’s festival, which will take place on June 10th and 11th at the Machakos Golf Club, is expected to attract teams from the United Kingdom, Uganda, and top local teams such as Kenya Harlequins and Kabras.
According to Stanley Mumo, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, the event is a celebration of rugby and a commercial festival, with transactions worth millions of shillings. This year’s event is a call to take rugby back to its splendor, and partners are encouraged to join in the love of the game.
Machakos County Sports Executive, Onesimus Muasya, has assured the necessary logistical support for the event’s success, including mapping out entry routes to Machakos Town for efficient traffic management.
In previous Masaku Sevens Rugby events, accommodation challenges have been reported, with hotels fully booked. However, this is not expected to be an issue this year, as several new hotels have been established, increasing the accommodation capacity of Machakos Town.
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