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Shujaa Humbles Samurai in the Safari 7s Final

Shujaa secured the Safari Sevens title with a commanding 19-0 victory over Samurai at RFUEA ground on Sunday.


Patrick Odongo, showcasing his speed, initiated the scoring with a swift burst, outpacing defenders.

Vice-captain Tony Onyango extended the lead by successfully converting, making it 7-0.

Despite attempts to increase their score, Shujaa faced a resilient Samurai defense, with Odongo and John Okoth both tackled metres short of the line.

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Shujaa were at a 7-0 lead at halftime.Upon resumption, Shujaa went on to sustain their dominance, and it was unsurprising when Kevin Wekesa touched down for an unconverted try, extending their lead to 12-0.

The situation deteriorated for the visitors as Tom Roach received a sin bin penalty for an infringement.Two minutes later, Flavian Makali followed suit after tackling a player airborne, leaving Samurai with only five players.

Capitalizing on the two-player advantage, Shujaa sealed the match with Odongo scoring his second try, which was duly converted by Tony Onyango.

Shujaa experienced a tense moment in the semifinals, bouncing back from a 5-0 deficit to secure a 19-5 victory against Germany. Skipper Vincent Onyala scored twice, and Onyango added the third.

Head coach Kevin Wambua was pleased with the team’s overall performance, especially in the final.

“The boys showed a lot of energy and we dominated the set pieces. We also played in the right areas and we did not allow Samurai to get into rhythm. I thank the home support which cheered us in every match,” Wambua said.

Wambua,a KCB veteran mentioned that the team successfully navigated the wet and slippery conditions throughout the two days.

“The weather has not been ideal but we were well prepared for any eventuality.”

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In the women’s category, Uganda stunned Kenya 15-12 in an exciting final.

The tournament was attended by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba among a host of other dignitaries.


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