For the third year in a row, Impala Floodlit rugby tournament will be sponsored by Blaze, who have pumped in a 1.8 million for the tournament set Impala Grounds in mid October.
The BLAZE sponsorship includes KES 1 million in cash, and an additional KES 800,000 in airtime, prizes and the provision of a fully-kitted media centre.
The tournament is set to kick off on 13th, 20th and 27th October and Safaricom Interim Director for Consumer Business Charles Wanjohi says they have invested in the tournament since it gives opportunities for young players to showcase their skills, passion, and grit.
“We see great potential in the youth that is just waiting to be tapped. Sponsoring Floodies not only elevates the sport by providing financial and non-monetary assistance, it provides valuable opportunities for young players to showcase their skills, passion and grit,” said Charles Wanjohi – Interim Director for Consumer Business, Safaricom.
Impala Saracens Chairman Bill Githinji has revealed that the 2018 edition will have the school and Women’s category. Eight Kenya Cup and eight University sides will enter the club and university category respectively.
“Rugby is associated with strength, speed, strategy and toughness, making it an ideal fit for sponsorship by BLAZE. Over the years, Floodies has become a highlight of the school rugby calendar, and a pre-season tournament that teams use to prepare and feed into the Kenya Cup league and the national squad. This year, we expect to see 8 Kenya Cup Teams, 8 universities, 8 secondary schools and 6 women’s teams participating in the tournament, including defending champions KCB and runners-up Impala Saracens,” said Bill Githinji, Chairman – Impala Saracens Rugby Club.
Kenya Cup Champions KCB won the title after beating Impala Saracens 18-17 in the final played on 18 November 2017. Menengai Oilers won the Varsity category beating Catholic University’s Monks.