Monday, May 17, 2010

Sevens stars decorated by State

Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela (centre) leads his players in celebrating Presidential awards they received The Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya awards. Kenya Rugby Union elections and AGM are on on March 30, 2011 Photo/ CHRIS OMOLLO

Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela (centre) leads his players in celebrating Presidential awards they received The Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya awards. Kenya Rugby Union elections and AGM are on on March 30, 2011 Photo/ CHRIS OMOLLO 

By AYUMBA AYODI

Humbled rugby stars Humphrey Kayange and his young brother Collins Injera were finally decorated with presidential Order of Golden Warriors (OGW) medals on Monday.

Also awarded and handed the medals by the minister for sports, Helen Sambili, at her office on behalf of president Mwai Kibaki was Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman, Richard Omwela.

And elated sports commissioner, Gordon Oluoch was also at hand to receive the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) award conferred by the Head of State.

Sambili, who was flanked by her assistant, Kabando wa Kabando, and permanent secretary, James Waweru, further unveiled a Sh5m sponsorship to the KRU for development.

Kayange and Injera were rewarded for the efforts that saw the national sevens team perform well during the 2008/2009 International Rugby Board World Sevens Series and the Rugby World Cup.

Kenya reached their first ever Cup final in Adelaide for their sixth overall position with 64 points in the series.

Captained by Kayange, the side also made history as the second team sport in the country, after cricket, to reach a World Cup semi-final when they dismantled defending champions Fiji in the quarter-final of the World up finals played in March last year in Dubai.

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