If the 2019 Kenya National Sevens Circuit gave birth to a star, then Monate Akuei must be the name. The lanky Nakuru RFC flanker set the circuit ablaze with his incisive runs, speed and most memorably, his wild and passionate celebrations.
A stellar season saw him help his side finish fourth on the overall standings, just two points behind second and third-placed Mwamba and Homeboyz who managed 92 points. The year was not done with him as he got a call up to the Kenya Morans who emerged as national heroes after beating South Africa to win the Safari Sevens 2019 edition.
Monate who has been missing from the local scene in the past month or so with rumours of a move to an American outfit has finally set the records straight, explaining his extended stay in the United states.
”I haven’t moved here, I came for the Los Angeles 7s and played in the invitational category, Optimus Rugby, team from Atlanta. And hopefully, in future, I might make a permanent move or only be coming to play for them during the summer.” Monate told the Scrummage.
He says his extended stay was necessitated by his ambassadorial role for Emily Martin Rescue Centre which helps fight violence in Kenya.
”What made me stay here for a while is because I wanted to speak on behalf of this Rescue Centre(Emily Martin Rescue Centre) based in Nakuru where I serve as their ambassador. It runs under a non-profit organization called Neighbors Outreach Worldwide(NOW) and we help in fighting violence in Kenya, be it gender violence or any form of violence.”
”Those affected for example with FGM, we take them to the hospital and later on get them to the Rescue centre and provide them with shelter. That’s the main purpose as to why I’m still here in the USA, to create more awareness about the centre and the cause we are fighting for.”
It still remains unclear when the Nakuru danger man will jet back into the country as uncertainty continues to loom after the worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus.