RIP Benjamin Ayimba
Kenya’s long-serving rugby coach, Benjamin Ayimba, has succumbed to cerebral Malaria earlier today at the Kenyatta National Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for some time.
Ayimba was admitted for the first time in January with cerebral malaria but was discharged only to fall sick again and was readmitted in mid-March.
“Benjamin succumbed to the multiple complications he was being treated for over the past couple of months,” said Family spokesman Oscar Osir.
Ayimba has been an outstanding player and coach at Safari Sevens. Prior to taking up coaching, he had an illustrious career as a Rugby 15s and 7s international.
Singapore Sevens 2016
As a coach, he historically led Kenya to their first World Sevens Series title when they beat Fiji at the Singapore Sevens in 2016
Raila Odinga: We have lost a great patriot in Benjamin Ayimba. Prior to taking up coaching he had an illustrious career as a Rugby 15s and 7s international. As coach he led Kenya to their first World Sevens Series title when they beat Fiji at the Singapore Sevens in 2016.
SenMutula KilonzoJR: Benjamin Ayimba will be remembered for his service to the nation as a player and coach Of the 7s team . Rest In Peace bro . Our condolences to family, friends and the rugby fraternity
Silas Chepkeres Jakakimba: As a player for the 7s and later its coach, you flew the nation’s pride – our flag, higher. May your Soul find peace, eternal Rest, Wuod Dala@ Benjamin Ayimba. Mos ahinya to Family, Loved Ones, Relatives, Friends and The Kenyan Nation.
GOR MAHIA FC : A legend has rested… Our sincere condolences to the family, friends & the rugby fraternity following the demise of ex-Kenya 7s rugby coach Benjamin Ayimba. Benja will be remembered as the first coach to lead Kenya to first-ever World 7s Series title.