Family, KRU appeal for funds for ailing legend Benjamin Ayimba


(FILE)Kenya Sevens Rugby team coach Benjamin Ayimba (L) is received by Kenya Rugby Union (...
(FILE)Kenya Sevens Rugby team coach Benjamin Ayimba (L) is received by Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Richard Omwela upon landing at the JKIA on April 19, 2016.PHOTO/SportPicha

In Summary

  • The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) said in a statement the 45-year-old’s condition has ‘deteriorated rapidly’ as it appealed for public support.
  • Ayimba, a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, was first appointed Shujaa head coach in 2006.
  • Three years later he guided Kenya to its first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.

The family of former Kenya Sevens coach Benjamin Ayimba is appealing 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 in a statement the 45-year-old’s condition has ‘deteriorated rapidly’ as it appealed for public support. Well-wishers can 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.

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.

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