Ayimba to be buried on June 11

Former Shujaa Captain and head coach Benjamin Ayimba will be laid to rest in a week’s time on June 11,following official communication by the family of the late rugby legend.

Family spokesperson Oscar Osir said that they have already set up the dates and are now doing the final touches of preparation to ensure Ayimba, who won Kenya’s only World Rugby Sevens Series title in 2016, is given a befitting send-off.

“We have agreed on the burial date already. We will have a requiem mass on June 8 though we have not firmed up on the venue. There will then be a vigil for the rugby family at the RFUEA Ground the next day before we travel home on June 10,” Osir stated.

The 45 year old  passed away on May 22 at the Kenyatta National Hospital after battling cerebral Malaria for close to over two months.

The final fundraiser will be staged on Thursday evening at the CITAM Valley Road Church to offset some of the financial deficit that has been incurred, including medical expenses.

“In terms of cash, we have so far raised Sh200,000 and that means we still have a deficit of almost Sh2.5mn. We have some pledges however, some of which might be offset at the fundraiser, but we continue asking for all Kenyans of good faith to continue with their support,” Osir added.

Last weekend, friends and relatives paid their tribute to the fallen hero at the RFUEA grounds, in an exercise that also saw rugby fraternity and other well wishers fundraising towards offsetting medical bill for the late.

Benja as was commonly referred to by his peers will be remembered for his role in Rugby where he served as the national rugby team captain in the Kenya Sevens and 15s team respectively. However, it’s the memorable Singapore Sevens win against Fiji in 2016 that will forever be remembered by many across the globe.


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