Former Kenya Sevens coach and national rugby team legend Benjamin Ayimba has today, Friday, 11th June, been buried at his rural home in Uranga, Siaya County.
Ayimba was accorded a befitting send-off, courtesy of his family, relatives, friends and the rugby fraternity.
Mourners who paid tribute to the fallen hero described him as a “true servant of the game”.
The late tactician was laid to rest at around 10:45am.
On Tuesday, 8th June, mourners attended a requiem Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Nairobi South B, where they paid their tributes to the fallen hero.
Former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Kenya Rugby Union chairman Oduor Gangla, his predecessors, Mwangi Muthee and Richard Omwela, and Kenya Rugby League Federation chairman Richard Nyakwaka were among the people who paid their glowing tributes to the legend.
Kalonzo mourned Ayimba as a great hero, who played his part and finished his race well.
“A world trophy and mentorship growth of rugby in Kenya will pin onto his great legacy. Team Kenya players should be accorded government employment status under the Ministry of Sports,” said Kalonzo.
Ayimba died on 21st May 2021 at the age of 44, at the Kenyatta National Hospital, while being treated for cerebral malaria.
The rugby icon represented Kenya Sevens as a player in the 2001 and 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournaments in Argentina and Hong Kong, respectively.
He was appointed the Kenya Sevens coach in 2006. He will be remembered for delivering Kenya’s first-ever trophy from the 2016 HSBC Singapore Sevens in which Kenya beat Singapore 30-7 in the finals.