Former KCB, Kabras winger Sebastian Shitambasi dies

The Kenya Rugby Fraternity is mourning the death of former KCB rugby legend Sebastian Shivoka Shitambasi who died on Tuesday at Mukumu Hospital.

The winger commonly known as Superman for his powerful runs during his days as a player died at the age of 39.

A close member to the family told the Scrummage that: “Seba was in good moods on Tuesday and did not look sick. He in fact left later in the evening for a stroll and the family was called to be informed that he been rushed to Mukumu Hospital after falling sick. He was later pronounced dead at around 9 PM. The family is awaiting the doctor’s report and he is likely to be laid to rest on Saturday.”

Sebastian Shivoka Shitambasi (fourth from left in backline) with his KCB teamates. Photo Courtesy

Seba played as a fullback for Kakamega School’s Barbarians in the 15s version. In the shorter version, he played as a winger and helped the side to win the 2004 National secondary Schools 7s title. He also represented the Barbarians in the 2004 Dubai 7s.

After High School, he moved to club rugby where he represented KCB Rugby in the better part of his career and won the three Kenya Cup titles. In 2007, he scored one of the fastest tries (12 seconds from kick-off) as KCB beat Nondies 25-13 at the Sports Club on March 31.

He played alongside Paul Murunga, Dennis Mwanja, Anthony Ogot, Curtis Olago, Andrew Amonde, Philip Wamae, Howard Okwemba, Brian Nyikuli, Ken Isindu among other legends of the game.

The winger was part of the Homeboyz Rugby squad and he featured for the side at the 2010 Dubai 7s under Paul Murunga.

In 2013, the winger was part of the pioneer players at Kabras which had been newly formed. He played a major role as Kabras put up impressive displays in their debut season at the National 7s Circuit.

Seba also served as a coach at Vihiga, Sigalagala and Mukumu Boys after retirement. He also refereed in 2018.

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