The once-popular Masaku Sevens rugby tournament will soon be back on your weekend sports menu, organisers have announced.
The tournament, that was a favourite with fun-loving Kenyan rugby fans, was suspended by authorities six years ago on grounds of public decency. This was after an out-of-control mammoth crowd descended on the small town of Machakos for a weekend of adventure.
The scenes and images left behind were only akin to the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah after some fans were photographed making out in public.
The incident attracted the attention of the local authorities who subsequently banned the tournament.
But Quicks Nyakwaka, one of the organisers and founder, revealed last week the “devious designs of an evil corporation” was the major reason that led to the premature death of the grassroots tournament.
According to Nyakwaka who founded the tournament together with the late Benjamin Ayimba, the former Kenya Sevens tactician who passed away about a fortnight ago, a leading beer manufacturer, that was part of the sponsors was behind the mess that was witnessed in 2015.
The tournament, which had developed into international standards just three years after its inception, was an ideal weekend out for fun-loving Nairobi fans who spent the night of July 2015 stuck in traffic along Mombasa Road after a weekend of uninhibited drinking and partying.
Plans are afoot to return the event back to the rugby calendar though.
“We will revive Masaku Sevens maybe this year or late next year subject to Covid-19 situation in the country,” said Nyakwakwa, who disclosed that it cost to the tune of Sh26 million to organize the event.
“We are planning to have it back and we will engage the union (Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) or Kenya Rugby Federation League (KRFL) in our planning which will have age group competition,” added Nyakwaka who is the Kenya Rugby League Federation chairman.