Mombasa to host Mtaa Sevens

Sep 07, 2010

Rugby Revolution has hit Kenya – its called the Sevens Revolution! Stakeholders are now riding the crest of the national Sevens team's popularity to experiment on a new concept in the form of Mtaa Sevens Rugby whose inaugural edition will be hosted this Saturday at the Mombasa Sports Club.

According to the tournament organizer, Dennis Gem, invitations have been sent out to teams drawn from Migadini, Mikindani, Jomvu, Changamwe, Nyali, Bamburi among other coastal residential estates.

Gem says that the aim of the tournament is to spur more than a passing interest in rugby in the coastal city. The tournament will also serve as a great preamble to the last leg of the National Sevens Circuit, the Driftwood Sevens that takes place on September 25-26 at the same venue. 

Nairobi will have its second edition of the event at the RFUEA on the same day, which will precede the age grade event the following day.

The Mtaa concept has so far seen two representative sides feature at the Prinsloo (Nakuru) and Dala (Kisumu) legs of the on going Circuit. On both occasions, the Mtaa teams have held their own and left a positive mark in the tournament..

Nairobi Mtaa missed out on the Main cup action at the Prinsloo Sevens on inferior points aggregate. The team eventually bowed out of the Bowl competition after a narrow 15-19 loss to Rwanda's Silverbacks.

Nakuru Mtaa also featured at the Dala Sevens, again missing out on the Main cup action before bowing out in the bowl semi finals after a 10-14 loss to eventual Bowl runners up Mean Machine.

The Mtaa tournament will afford more players the opportunity to play competitive rugby and also help in the development of the sport at the grassroot level.

Steve Omondi

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