The year 2018 began with fly-half Elvis Namusasi battling relegation with Coastal based side Mombasa, a few months later the side was relegated from the top tier after failing to pick a win in the 11 matches played.
His year has, however, had a happy ending as he managed to earn a call-up in the Kenya Simbas, got a place with Kenya Cup side Mwamba RFC and recently received a nomination at the Magharibi Michezo Awards.
Even though he did not make it to the final squad that traveled to the 2019 World Cup Repechage tournament held in France in November, the halfback describes his stay in the Kenya Simbas camp as a great one. He says it was a great learning experience, training alongside Kenya's finest.
"My experience with the Simbas was great. I had a chance to train with some of the top players in Kenya and learned a lot, he told Scrummage.
On October 19, 2018, Mwamba RFC announced that Namusasi had penned a deal with them and was set to make his debut against Nondies. The Fly half went on to shine on his debut and was named the man of the match in their win over Nondies.
When asked why he chose a move to Mwamba and not any other Kenya Cup side, the former Technical University of Mombasa and Western Bulls ace said he was attracted by the crop of youngsters at the club and the fact the club has nurtured legends of the game which include Collins Injera, Humphrey Kayange and Lavin Asego.
"I opted for Mwamba because it has many young players and it is growing at the moment. But I've always considered Mwamba as one of the best clubs in Kenya. It has produced like of Injera, Khayange, and Asego whom I personally look up to," he added.
Namusasi adds that he has enjoyed every bit of the three months he has been at Mwamba and he hopes that 2019 will be a better year in his rugby career.
"In Mwamba it's been a learning curve. With the help of the coach and other players I believe I'm growing. In 2019 I want to keep growing. I want to be the best I can be, " He concluded.
Namusasi began his rugby career at St Peter Mumias before moving to Kakamega based side Western Bulls.