How KCB has cemented its supremacy in sevens rugby

KCB players celebrate after beating Nakuru to lift the Kabeberi 7s trophy at RFUEA grounds on Sunday. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

On a glorious Sunday afternoon at the RFUEA Grounds, the heavens seemed to smile upon the rugby faithful gathered at the heart of Nairobi.

The echoes of thunderous applause and roars of exhilaration reverberated through the city as KCB RFC secured their fourth National Sevens Circuit title.

With this latest triumph, they etched their name in history alongside rugby giants Mwamba and Impala Saracens, as the only three clubs to have won the circuit four times since the tournament's inception in 1999.

This year's circuit was a rollercoaster of breathtaking athleticism, fierce rivalries, and heart-pounding moments, and KCB emerged as the undisputed champion, having won three of the six legs.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the jubilant players, fans, and a sea of green jerseys, the story of their triumph unfolded.

At the heart of KCB's dominance was the charismatic and commanding figure of Andrew Amonde.

The former captain and legendary idol of Kenya Sevens led his troops with unwavering determination and unparalleled skill. He was the maestro orchestrating the symphony of success that reverberated across the circuit.

The journey to victory began in Kisumu, where the Dala Sevens kicked off the 2023 circuit.

The Lakeside's beauty was only rivaled by KCB's prowess on the field. With every breathtaking dash, bone-crushing tackle, and perfectly executed try, they stamped their authority as they lifted their first trophy in the circuit.

As the circuit moved forward, the energy and anticipation swelled. The Christie Sevens, a rugby carnival of epic proportions, unfolded in Nairobi.

The stadium pulsated with excitement as KCB showcased a masterclass in sevens rugby. The mesmerizing footwork, the pinpoint passes, and the unwavering defence left their opponents in awe. The victory was sweet, but the relentless pursuit of excellence was even sweeter.

The final stamp was the Kabeberi Sevens, where KCB continued its march towards glory. The athletes' unyielding spirit and unfathomable resilience etched their names in the annals of rugby history.

With every triumphant try, Kabeberi Sevens became a stage for KCB to display their artistry, their commitment, and their indomitable spirit.

While the physical prowess of KCB was evident on the field, it was their unbreakable unity that set them apart.

They were not merely a team but a brotherhood forged in the fires of competition and strengthened by their shared dreams. The camaraderie that bound them together was as essential as their lightning-fast sprints and bone-crushing tackles.

Off the field, Amonde stood as the embodiment of their aspirations. He was more than just a captain; he was a mentor, an inspiration, and a symbol of their shared dreams.

His leadership transcended the boundaries of the rugby pitch, leaving an indelible mark on every member of the team.

“It hasn’t been a fun ride, but we are grateful that we are finally the champions. We had a few upsets along the way, but I must laud the boys for not giving up and fighting to the end, and now, the resilience has paid off," said Amonde.

"This victory is a testament to the talent and commitment of our team, and we are grateful for the unwavering support of our fans. We are now going back to the drawing board, strategise, and come back for the next tournament more energised and focused and stamp our authority as a rugby powerhouse in the country."

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