Photo: KRU Communications Director, Mr. Ian Mugambi
Kenya Rugby Union Director of Communications shares his views on the upcoming Safari 7s tournament. The safari 7s tournament will kick off on 3rd October to 4th October. Mr Mugambi assures fans there will be fun on and off the pitch.
What are your expectations in the upcoming safari 7s event?
I expect that this year’s edition of the Safari sevens will be even bigger, It is the 20th Edition of the tournament and we have a truly international line up of teams to reflect just how far this tournament has come. The fan experience should also be very enjoyable both for the rugby die-hard and the thrill seeker, everyone has been catered for.
Which teams do you expect to be outstanding?
This is a difficult one, almost all the teams invited have the pedigree to go all and play to their strengths. That being said I see the England Saxons being very physical and competitive and should give a good account of themselves. Zimbabwe Sables and Brazil will also be out to prove a point especially with the Olympic qualifiers and Olympics respectively. I will be rooting for Shujaa and the Morans as well. It is our home tournament and with a lot of upcoming players in the set up, everyone will try and catch the coach’s eye. Samurai have also picked a strong team and with Otoyo;s vast experience in Kenya I would keep a keen eye on them.
Other than rugby, what should fans expect in this tournament?
Expect to have a lot of fun off the pitch. The Village has been a key attraction for the Safari sevens and we shall ensure that there will be music and entertainment. The fans should expect no stop entertainment from the moment they enter the stadium until they leave. A lot of work is going into ensuring that the fans experience at the Safari sevens is truly unforgettable. There has also been a few changes to how we run the tournament this year, the games will kick off later in the day to give everyone an opportunity to watch all the games. The line up of the teams will ensure that each match is competitive and feels like a final in itself.
What are the tournament charges?
We have tried to keep the prices affordable and have catered for everyone. Tickets for the upper deck will cost ksh 500 while those for the lower deck will cost Ksh 1,000 and VIP tickets will retail at ksh 2000.Advance tickets will be available from selected outlets from Wednesday, I hope to see you all there.