Bush Mwale outstanding as Shujaa reach plate final

By francis marangu
Sep 28, 2021
  • Charles Omondi of Shujaa was one of the outstanding players against Safari Simba in the Plate semi-final. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Youthful Bush Mwale played a critical role in ensuring Kenya Shujaa passage to the plate final of the Safaricom Sevens with a 17-14 win over Simba Saba in an all-Kenyan affair.

He was at the thick of things working up three tries as Shujaa led 12-7 at halftime and has been a key figure for the team.

Samuel Motari had the first try for Simba converted by Brian Omondi as they dominated Shujaa at rucks and breakdowns. Alex Olaba, starting for the first game at the tournament, scored his debut try with Mwale providing the assist and Augustine Lugonzo converting. 

Paul Treu, the Shujaa head coach, was impressed with his show saying “it was unfortunate we did not give him a lot of play time”. Lugonzo got his own try moments later and converted to give Shujaa the halftime lead.

Alvin Otieno then survived a late tackle from clubmate Lugonzo to score an unconverted try that pulled Simba back to the lead 14-12. Captain Andrew Amonde had an easy task finishing off Mwale’s hard work for the winning try that kicked Shujaa to the final.

The Kenyans will play Auckland in the final after emerging 38-7 winners over Australia Icons.

Kenya Morans fell short of making it to the bowl final losing 10-28 to Germany in the semifinals. Leonard Mugaisi, with nine tries in the tournament, scored a try in either half as their campaign came to a screeching halt.

Mugaisi scored the first from a quick run on the right flank before Germany took the lead with a converted try from Oliver Paine for a 7-5 halftime lead.

In the second half, Mugaisi completed his brace with Fabian Heimpez scoring a brace and two conversions for Germany while Paine added one. “The boys really went out there and played their hearts out,” observed Simba Saba head coach Gibson Weru.

“We had few training sessions and the possibility of earning a place in the sevens team motivated them.” Weru attributed the good performance that had his team drop out in the plate semi finals to teamwork.

“The boys were playing with each other and their performance is commendable. They surprised everyone with stand out players being Charles Odhiambo who brought in experience and physicality while Samuel Motari was outstanding.”