News that the Nairobi Railways Club will be repossessed by Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) for the construction terminal to help ease congestion in the CBD and Mwamba Rugby Club is set to be affected has been received with great disappointment by rugby and Sports fans in general.
Nairobi Railway Club general manager Caleb Musamali confirmed to Nation Sport that the rugby, football grounds and the car bazaar grounds will be affected.
Mwamba Rugby President Alvas Onguru also confirmed to the publication that they will have to look for an alternative venue for their matches.
“We are lucky that no rugby is being played now. We have no option but to search for a new home. This is the first community rugby club where young boys and girls rose to fame not only in the game but in different professions,” Onguru told Nation Sport.
The venue has served Mwamba for over 42 years and great sportsmen in the country including Kenya’s all-time leading scorer in World 7s Series Collins Injera, former Kenya 7s captain Humphrey Kayange, Lavin Asego, Kenya Rugby League Head Coach Edward Rombo, Horace Owiti have all played there.
The venue’s proximity to the City was easily accessible for players who work or study within the town and for fans during matchday. The venue also hosted matches tournaments such as Kabeberi 7s in the past and recently hosted the inaugural Kenya Rugby League 9 aside Tournament.
The rugby fraternity took to social media to express their disappointment on the news that area will be affected. Here are some of the reactions:
Quite sad! @MwambaRFC has been a beneficiary of so many walk-in players that have played not only for the club but also the country because of its unique location. It is my hope that @moscakenya will at least give us an alternative ground! #RFamily #MyKulabu https://t.co/QfxWrd9bzd
— Fahad Baptisté (@adil_fahad) September 16, 2020
and just like that…
Nairobi Railway Club is no more…
plenty of history around rugby,football,netball and basketball…
— Michael Kwambo ™ (@michaelkwambo) September 16, 2020
I am lost for words, extremely gutted. This has been home for me for the past 14 years, I have made memories in this place and lifelong friends in equal measure.
To see the place go down is indeed a bitter pill to swallow. 💔 https://t.co/3KeZzRnj90
— Anthony Karanja (@Anthony_Karanja) September 16, 2020
Tunajivunia our rich sports culture but we frustrate the industry this much? What is this govt on? https://t.co/9TRQscIYJi
— Muñequita (@LyndahAmran_) September 16, 2020
A dark day for Kenyan rugby. One of the most iconic grounds may be no more due to the construction of an ill advised and unsustainable infrastructure project. We seriously need to formulate legislation that will protect playing surfaces and other green spaces. https://t.co/AAHiiFw0dN
— Philip Sambu (@wekesa) September 16, 2020
The number of Rugby Superstars who have played on these grounds – for and against @MwambaRFC
They say it is to be used for a 'matatu park' to 'Clean up the CBD' 🤦🏽♂️ https://t.co/yq6BcNbI9L
— Constant Cap (@ConstantCap) September 16, 2020
— Daddy Jack ➐ (@JackExtraDipity) September 16, 2020
— Isaac E. N. Okero (@Wuodabiero) September 16, 2020
Saddest thing I've seen in a while.The place I cut my teeth transitioning from a boy to a man.Gone. https://t.co/Ld3bMkv299
— THE ICEMAN (@GeorgeScottie) September 16, 2020
This is very sad. 😪 Why does sports always lose out? 😔 https://t.co/QpwqIlefyt
— Koyokoyo (@Helkoybut) September 16, 2020
The streets will remember 💔 😭 🏠 https://t.co/DMri4kgdIE
— dennis ombachi (@ombachi13) September 16, 2020
@StateHouseKenya Uhuru Kenyatta, this is too much. It's akin to repeatedly kicking someone who is down.
Majority agree that we don't need this road. Why go ahead with it? The hard-headedness to proceed is similar to Obado's daughter showing us 🖕🏿🖕🏿. Umezidi boss. https://t.co/Muc8ZmV2Zr
— Makuno Matt (@MakunoM) September 16, 2020
My heart bleeds for sports in this country 💔💔 https://t.co/E6n0xk0uZN
— Mama Mgeni (@findingwairimu) September 16, 2020
— Willy Mutai (@wmutai) September 16, 2020
Walianza na court ya basketball……
sasa wanachukua pitch ya rugby!!! https://t.co/lrH1Ag63Zq
— ManuBakar Mkadinali 😎 (@Qs_Manu) September 16, 2020
This is sad…we shall miss you Reru! 😢😢😢 https://t.co/sgjhPw29x0
— Poghie Ndonga (@poghie_esquire) September 16, 2020
This is Bullshit men… In 2013, you Promise to build sports ammenities and then tear them down 7 years later. NKT https://t.co/BH3l5mfW1k
— Martin Kariuki (@Palloti76) September 16, 2020