In Summary
  • We are reminded that our heroes in various fields of sporting endeavours are the true ambassadors of the Kenyan spirit.

  • That sheer force has, indeed, led to many of the victories we have witnessed but sometimes dexterity would have worked better.

  • Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga are showing us that there is a way beyond endless displays of muscle and brawn.

Waking up before the crack of dawn — and that after only a couple of hours sleep — to watch Kenya play Fiji in the finals of the Canada leg of IRB Sevens circuit was worth it.

Although Kenya lost, the heroic performance of the team did wonders for renewal of my faith and pride in this great nation.

In Oscar Ouma, Collins Injera, Willy Ambaka and the other heroes putting blood, sweat and tears on the line at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium over the weekend, we found a selfless patriotism and nationalism that far transcends the selfish misrule our so-called leaders condemn us to.

We are reminded that our heroes in various fields of sporting endeavours are the true ambassadors of the Kenyan spirit.


They are the ones we all ought to look up to as exemplars of the Kenya we want; much more than we should look for leadership and guidance from the likes of President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Or the rest of the pack pursuing their places at the feeding trough — including Deputy President William Ruto and opposition co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Moses Wetang’ula and Musalia Mudavadi.

In Vancouver and the previous leg of the circuit in Las Vegas, we saw that the Kenya 7s is back where it ought to be, matching superpowers such as New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, South Africa and England.


If you have little clue about rugby and its power hierarchy, imagine our national football team, Harambee Stars, playing in an international competition at the same level as Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy and France.

You may also want to cast your eyes back to a bygone age, when the Kenya field hockey team closely matched giants such as India, Pakistan, the Netherlands and Germany.

Kenya 7s reaching the final in Vancouver was, therefore, no mean feat. It was also proof that the historic victory in Singapore last April was not a fluke.

Of course there can be no room for complacency. Kenya will only continue playing at that level with renewed dedication, constant pursuit of excellence and regular regeneration.


Meanwhile, this armchair pundit has noticed something over the past few years on development of Kenya 7s worth sharing: The Kenyan game has traditionally been built on speed, agility, ball handling and passing — and what can only be described as trickery.

Slowly, as witnessed with the Vancouver exploits, there has been an evolution towards strength and power. That is not necessarily bad.

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