Ever since his first run with a rugby ball, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) RFC prop Kevin Onyango has always dreamt of donning the red and white colours of the national team, Kenya Simbas.
The eleven-year old dream, which was initiated in 2010 when he was starting his rugby career at Kisumu RFC is still intact, according to Totti, as he is famously known.
The Vihiga High School alumnus, while speaking to The Scrummage, said he is ready, with the help of his coaches, to brace the tasks ahead in order to achieve this feat.
“My main objective is to train smarter. Playing for the national team means you have unique attributes that edges you out from other players, this is what I am always aiming to achieve. I believe in the work my coaches (John) Asila and (Dr. Ochieng) Ahaya, have been putting into the team, and to me as an individual, soon, my dream will become a reality,” he said.
“Our (MMUST) promotion to Kenya was the best moment of my career. It not only reflected our hard work and determination as young players, but it has also helped out in bridging the gap between our dreams and realities as players,” he added.
Roped in from Kabras in 2018, Onyango went ahead to become an integral figure in MMUST’s road to Kenya Cup promotion in 2019 and has since carried his form to the top tier league, starting in all three games before the suspension of all sporting activities.
Their first Kenya Cup win, a 12-9 win over Mwamba came days before the suspension of all sporting activities, and Onyango believes the win is “one of many to come”.
“It was an important win considering our previous trips to Kabras at the start of the season and Nakuru shortly after. We are fast becoming adaptable to Kenya Cup and it will not be long, once the league resumes, before we start making even bigger statements,” he said, adding that being Kenya Cup newbies does not brand them underdogs.
“At MMUST we believe in brotherhood. We win together and lose together. Our performances in the shorter version of the game is enough to convince anyone who thinks we are underdogs,” he said.