Dala Sevens to be held in Kisumu after Governor's assurance

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 18, 2017
  • Kabras Sugar and Impala are the top two teams for Dala Sevens who have a tight balancing act to win the overall title with Homeboyz also having a chance.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Dala Sevens, the sixth tournament of the Kenya Rugby Union National Sevens Circuit will be held at the Mamboleo Showground, Kisumu on Saturday and Sunday.

Initially, there were hints that the event could be moved over security concerns following political protests that have rocked the city.

A letter by the Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o dated october 17 to the Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela gave the assurance.

The three-paragraph letter partly read:

The Couty Government and the people of Kisumu warmly welcome the teams and fans to our County and the City of Kisumu.

We asure you of the Country Government's commitment to maintain a conducive environment, in terms of security and facilities necessary for the sporting event and other socio-economic activities of the visiting teams and fans.

The letter was copied to the Country Secretary and Country Commander, Kenya Police Service. 

Before Christie Sevens, Homeboyz had done enough to retain the overall title. But the tide turned when they lost valuable ground last weekend after Kabras Sugar emerged winners of Christie Sevens throwing open the title chase with only Dala Sevens remaining.

Overall title out of Homeboyz hands

They are third on the log and the overall title is no longer in their hands and depends on the performance of some of the top three teams.

To retain the title, they must win if leaders Kabras and Impala fail to proceed past the cup quarter final.

Impala, winners in 2004 also have a sniff of the title. In an interview with SNA, Oscar Osir, the Impala Sevens coach said their aim was to do better than last season. At the moment, they have surpassed that goal and are motivated to win the overall title. It is tricky too for Impala who must win and hope that Kabras are not among the top three finishers.

The top seeds Kabras Sugar are five points clear before Dala Sevens. They must reach the final to win their first Series.

Should there be a tie, the team that has a better try count in all the Series will be declared the winner.

A tie could happen if Kabras fails to reach the semis of the main cup and lose the fifth place playoff final which will see them collect 97 points, same as Impala if they finish third and Homeboyz finishing second.

Dala Sevens draw

Pool A: Kabras Sugar, Menengai Oilers, Nondescripts, Masinde Muliro University; Pool B: ImpalaHomeboyz, Western Bulls, Kisii RFC; Pool C: Nakuru RFC, KCB, Blak Blad, Kisumu; Pool D: Kenya Harlequin FC, Mwamba, Strathmore University, Makueni. 

Additional reporting by KRU