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Former Kenya International relives Safari 7s memories

Former Kenya 7s International and current Kabras RFC team manager Philip Mwenesi recapped his memories playing in the annual Safari 7s tournament.
Speaking to KRU,Mwenesi who spent his entire playing career at Impala Saracens between 1994 and 2005 recalls that it was great playing in the safari 7s for the first time and the experience was fantastic.
“I played my first Safari Sevens tournament in 1998 for the Scorpions, (one of Kenya’s representative sides at the tournament). I was very elated to play and represent my country. The experience was fantastic.”
Mwenesi however vividly recalls the year 2000 when he was part of the national 7s squad that won the tournament in the absence of seasoned players who were taking part in a world cup qualifier against Zimbabwe that was running concurrently.
“ We had a great team of guys including “Smudger” Andrew Smith, Emmanuel Shitote, Arthur Indeche to name but a few. We won the tournament in the absence of the more established players who also did us proud by finishing second to Zimbabwe in the qualifiers (which were played alongside the tournament) and making it to the 2001 Rugby World Cup Sevens,”he said.
Mwenesi called upon young local players to listen to their coaches if they are to make it big in the sport.
“All I can tell them is to stay real and listen to the coaches and above all put their trust in God as he is the reason they are enjoying the game.”

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