Sakaja leads funds drive for ailing legend Benjamin Ayimba, Uhuru gives Ksh.1M


Sakaja leads funds drive for ailing legend Benjamin Ayimba, Uhuru gives Ksh.1M

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja is currently leading a funds drive for ailing rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba.

Taking to Twitter, the senator said President Kenyatta had already made his contribution to the medical fund for the former Kenya Sevens coach.

“Let’s keep at it #TurnUpforBenja. Thank you H.E Uhuru for the KES 1m. Kindly @RailaOdinga @WilliamsRuto @MusaliaMudavadi join in,” he said.

On Friday, Ayimba’s family made an appeal for financial help to settle his medical bill that currently stands at Ksh. 2million.

Ayimba, who masterminded Kenya’s historic victory in the Singapore Sevens final in 2016, is receiving treatment at a Nairobi hospital where he was admitted three weeks ago with cerebral malaria.

The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) said the 45-year-old’s condition has ‘deteriorated rapidly’ and urged well-wishers to send their contributions through PAYBILL NUMBER 8021673 under Account Name: BENJAMIN OTIENO AYIMBA MEDICAL.

Ayimba, a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, was first appointed Shujaa head coach in 2006 and three years later he guided Kenya to its first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.

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He was sacked in 2011 after opposing the fielding of Kenya’s main players at the Safaricom Sevens in November that year.

He returned for a second stint in 2015 and a year later pulled off Kenya’s first tournament win in a world series event when Shujaa thrashed then defending world series champions Fiji 30-7.

Additional report by Gilbert Kiprotich

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