Gibo Zachary @peoplesport11
Youthful and second string sevens national team, Shujaa are the winners of the 2018 edition of the Kwese Victoria Falls Sevens two-day international tournament held over the weekend in Zimbabwe, after beating hosts Zimbabwe Cheetahs 10-5 to lift the trophy.
Shujaa, tournament favourites, were too good for hosts and defending champions Zimbabwe, African sevens champions Uganda, Commonwealth Games debutants Zambia amongst others in the 10-team competition as they made it to the final unblemished and in the tournament finale, Levi Amunga and Brian Naragwa touched down to give Shujaa the victory. Ngoni Chibuwe gave Zimbabwe a consolation.
En route to the finals, Shujaa needed a Samuel Ng’ethe’s converted try at the death to reach the main cup final in expense of resilient and neighbours Uganda Sevens, beating them 17-10 in the semi-final.
In the quarter-final, Samuel Ng’ethe, Mark Kwemoi, Frank Wanyama, Bush Mwale, Derrick Mayar, Augustine Lugonzo and Ian Minjire each scored a try for the comprehensive 46-0 win over Spartans.
On the preliminaries in Day One on Saturday, Shujaa were in fire start, opening their title hunt with a 17-0 win over False Bay of South Africa, 36-0 and 52-0 shutout of Zambia B and Lesotho before wrapping up the show with a 14-10 win over holders Zambezi Cheetahs (Zimbabwe National Team A) to top Pool with 12 points and 100 per cent record.
The side under national sevens assistant coach Will Webster, was using the tournament as part of their preparations for the upcoming Hong Kong Sevens and Commonwealth Games with some of the new players (Mark Kwemoi, Levi Amunga, Brian Naragwa, Ian Minjire, Herman Humwa, Erick Ombasa, Derrick Mayar, Arthur Owila) called ups, showing what they can offer should they be selected for Kenya Sevens national senior team.