Rugby: Safari Sevens exposes RFUEA ground’s deplorable state

Fans celebrating during the games at Impala Grounds.

Though the 23rd edition of the Safari Sevens somehow lived up to its billing with quality display of the game on the pitch and impressive fans’ attendance, the deplorable condition of the rain-soaked RFUEA grounds reflected the poor state of Kenyan sports.

As Kenya’s second string side Morans saved best for last to lift the title after stunning former World Sevens champions South Africa 19- 14 in the final, Shujaa finished third after seeing off Russia Academy 19-5.

But it is the condition of the ‘home’ of the Kenyan rugby due to poor drainage system and lack of a ‘proper’ media centre for journalists on day one that left a lot to be desired with the heavy downpours exposing the venue’s pathetic state.

However, after receiving a backlash on social media, the organisers improved facilities for journalists covering the event. And even as Kenyans continue celebrating Morans’ victory, they are still loosing sleep over speedster Collins Injera’s shoulder injury.

The damaged pitch was partially blamed for the injury he sustained during Shujaa’s 19-14 quarters victory over Samurai.

Injera’s absence was heavily felt in the semifinals as Shujaa fell 19-5 to South Africa.