Started in 2003 as a competition meant to seek for raw talent, groom the future of rugby players and make Kenya a respectable figure in 15 player version of rugby, the Bamburi Super Series is now an East African Rugby Union premier competition that draws the interest of 8 teams from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The tournament was originally sponsored by Unga Limited on its inception before UAP Insurance took over the sponsorship reigns a year later in 2004. In 2005, Bamburi Cement Limited took over and has been sponsoring the tournament since.
If anyone thought Kenya’s winning streak in rugby was over then think again. It was another moment of glory for the Kenyan team as they trounced over Zimbabwe in a closely contested match at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday 12th June 2010.
Started in 2003 as a competition meant to seek for raw talent, groom the future of rugby players and make Kenya a respectable figure in 15 player version of rugby, the Bamburi Super Series is now an East African Rugby Union premier competition that draws the interest of 8 teams from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The tournament was originally sponsored by Unga Limited on its inception before UAP Insurance took over the sponsorship reigns a year later in 2004.
Rugby in Kenya has a long and illustrious history. Started by settlers during the colonial era, the game was a preserve of the colonial masters hence participation was restricted to the whites only. The first generation of African players started playing only after independence in 1960s, doing the groundwork and preparing the way for the tenacious second and third generations of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s to hoist Kenya’s name up in the rugby arena.
Known as Les Fennecs (The Desert Foxes) or Moharibou Essahra (Desert Warriors), Algeria is one of the top football nations in Northern Africa. The Desert Warriors also boast of having a highly competitive domestic league with an equally strong local fan base, spearheaded by supporters for local giants and former CAF Champions League winners, JS Kabylie, ES Sétif and MC Algiers.
Zimbabwe is one of the top cricket-playing nations in Africa and in the World and is a full member of the world cricket governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC). The South African nation recently squared off in a One Day International (ODI) series against opponents from the Asian subcontinent, Bangladesh. The electrifying series was held in Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo from the 9th to 18th August. Bangladesh won the first ODI by 8 wickets with 93 balls remaining courtesy of a disciplined bowling.
Japan was taught a rugby lesson through a 56-0 mauling by tenacious Kenyan Captain Humphrey Khayange and his troops. Kenya, the defending Tusker Safari Sevens champions went into the game after registering impressive wins against South Africa’s Hamilton Raiders, and Tanzania. Kenya never looked threatened against the Japanese side, and the game was almost already out of reach for the Japanese by half-time,
Bristol began its course to winning the Bowl Final on a wrong footing, losing to Grenoble 5-12 before they bounced back with a 31-12 win over Zambia. They then lost to Zimbabwe by 12-14 in a match that scrummed-off at 4pm. After the group games, Grenoble bid the 2009 Tusker Safari Sevens farewell in the Plate Semi-final stage losing 19-21 to Raiders, while Tom Mitchell was Bristol’s hero, scoring the only try in their 5-0 win over the Les Bleus Sevens in the Bowl Final.
The East Africa safari rally,was regarded as the toughest, most grueling competition that demanded both man and machine to be in top condition.Held over the Easter holiday, the rally criss-crossed all three East African countries, Kenya , Uganda and Tanzania.