2013 Bamburi Super Series to embrace changes

By francis marangu
Mar 27, 2021
  • KRU Chairman(second right) Mwangi Muthee received the sponsorship cheque from Bamburi CEO Hussein Mansi.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

The Kenyan franchises of the 2013 edition of Bamburi Rugby Super Series will adopt Swahili names in an attempt to give the tournament that is entering its 11th year a more local look and feel.

This was disclosed on Wednesday during the tourney’s official launch where title sponsors Bamburi Cement Company handed over a cheque worth KSh.13.5million to the Kenya Rugby Union, KRU.

There will be six franchises in Kenya and two from Uganda with each expected to come up with a ladies team that will play the curtain raisers to the main event.

Furthermore, every franchise will be expected to have its own program that will be handled by level 2 coaches assigned to each.

The tournament organising committee Chairman Sasha Mutai said the event has been growing tremendously and plans are underway to expand its scope.

“We are planning to have a franchise from Zimbabwe because they are a strong rugby nation. We considered Tanzania but unfortunately they are not that active in rugby.”

He lauded the cement company for their immense contribution in the growth of rugby not only in Kenya but across the region through their sponsorship of the event.

“They first came as a franchise sponsor in 2004 before stepping in as title sponsors in 2005. The rugby fraternity highly appreciates their continued support since they have witnessed us grow from a Kenyan event to one that is now played across East Africa,” he said.

Bamburi focussed on sports sponsorship

Bamburi Corporate Affairs director Susan Maingi reiterated their commitment to continued sports sponsorship since there are many similarities between the game and their brands.

“We appreciate the values ingrained in good sportsmanship such as endurance and teamwork which are also values we hold close as a company. This is why rugby continues to be an appealing sport to us.”

Out of the total sponsorship going towards supporting this year’s event, the money will be broken down into cash sponsorship to KRU, kit, prize money and publicity of the tournament.

The Rugby Super Series was first held in 2003 with Unga Limited being the initial sponsors. UAP Insurance sponsored the 2004 event before Bamburi assumed full sponsorship in 2005.

The month-long tournament will kick off on May 4 with the final and playoffs being held on June 1 at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Rugby Super Series 2013 Kenyan Franchises: Bollore Nyumbu (Impala, Quins, Nondies): Head Coach- Paul Murunga, Ass. Coach- John Mbai, Team Manager- Keith Kibira; UAP Papa ( Mwamba, KCB, Homeboyz): Head Coach- Paul Odera, Ass. Coach- Innocent Simiyu, Team Manager- Joseph Okong’o;

Menengai Oil Ndovu (Nakuru, Egerton, Moi, Kitale, Eldoret): Head Coach- Dominique Habimana, Ass. Coach- Kevin Wambua, Team Manager- Simpson Osiemo; Bamburi Blox Kengewa (Universities): Head Coach- Charles Ngovi, Ass. Coach- Frank Ndong,Team Manager- Wangila Simiyu;

Mumias Sugar Kiboko (Kisumu, Kakamega): Head Coach- Eric Situma, Ass. Coach- Enos Otieno, Team Manager- Newton Ong’alo; Mamba (Coast); Head Coach- Charles Cardovillis, Ass. Coach- Oliver Onyango, Team manager- Oscar Owaga.

Draw: Pool A- Nyumbu (Kenya), Papa (Kenya), Victoria (Uganda), Kiboko (Kenya; Pool B- Ndovu (Kenya), Rwenzori (Uganda, Kengewa (Kenya), Mamba (Kenya).