Former Kenya 7s captain and Head Coach Benjamin Ayimba is dead.
Ayimba died on Friday evening while in the hospital where he has been undergoing treatment following his battle with cerebral Malaria.
“Unfortunately we have lost our legend Benjamin Ayimba, we continue praying for his family for strength during this trying period,” family spokesman and former Kenya Sevens player Oscar Osir told Capital Sport.
The coach has been in hospital for the better part of the year. A few weeks ago his family called for help to settle his huge medical bills and last week, they announced he had regained consciousness and they were hoping he would remain stable and be discharged.
By last week Friday, his medical was at 6.5 Million while the raised amount was at 5.5 Million.
Ayimba went to Olympic Primary School and later moved to Maseno School where he started off his rugby career. He played for the Kenya Cup side Impala for seven seasons and as a captain, he led the Gazelles to win the Kenya Cup Title and Enterprise Cup. Ayimba later crossed over to Nondies.
Internationally, he captained Kenya 7s to the 2001 World Cup which saw Shujaa reach the Bowl Semi-final. He was also part of the 2005 World Cup as Kenya 7s achieved a similar feat.
Ayimba later took over the Kenya 7s’ Head Coach role in 2006 and during his first stint that ran till 2011, the tactician led Shujaa to the first-ever World 7s Series final (in 2009) in Sydney. A year later he got the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) award from the then president Mwai Kibaki for an impressive run with the Sevens team.
He returned as Kenya 7s boss in 2015 and guided the team to the first-ever World 7s Series Main Cup title beating Fiji 30-7 in the Singapore 7s in April 2016. He also led the team in the first ever 7s Olympics in 2016 which was his last job with Kenya 7s.
The tactician has served on the Homeboyz and Kenya Harlequins technical benches. In 2020 he had been appointed as the Technical Director for the Kenya Rugby League.
May his soul Rest in Peace
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