Mwamba's home at Nyayo Stadium to sparkle with fine rugby from February 3
MWAMBA RFC announced their programme of matches that will launch Nyayo National Stadium as their home from February 3.
The Black Shirts, leaders of the current Kenya Cup, become the first rugby club to use Nyayo as their home when they host University of Nairobi Mean Machine on Friday night of that opening day. The Kenya Cup fixture at 7.30pm will be preceded by the two club’s “A” sides in an Eric Shirley Shield tie at 6pm.
Mwamba chairman, Alvas Onguru said they had completed discussions for a long-term stay at the stadium with the Sports Stadia Management Board [SSMB] custodians of both Nyayo Stadium and the Moi International Sports Centre at Kasarani.
He said Nyayo Stadium manager, Lillian Nzile, was enthusiastic about welcoming rugby to the stadium following the recent hosting at the venue of the three-day international rugby festival -- Safaricom Sevens -- by the Kenya Rugby Union.
Mwamba expect wider attendance at their home matches, Onguru said, because of ample space at Nyayo and the elaborate beverage and catering facilities the club intends to lay out.
“For the nigh matches we shall ensure a time of watching great rugby under complete relaxation. All fixture days will have a double-header, including a Kenya Cup and an ESS match, and there will be plenty of time for all, including families, to spend at the stadium.”
A beer firm and a wines spirits company are among those partnering with the club to provide catering facilities.
Mwamba has already missed opportunity to host some home matches -- wins over Nakuru and Kenya Commercial Bank -- because Nyayo Stadium was not available then, but are all set to welcome Mean Machine, Nondescripts, Kisumu RFC, Impala, Harlequins and HomeboyZ in a programme that runs up to May 4.
There will also be the Enterprise Cup knock-out schedule between January and May and should the Black Shirts pick a home draw in any of the rounds, they will host it at Nyayo Stadium.
Mwamba RFC Kenya Cup & Eric Shirley Shield leagues home matches at the Nyayo National Stadium:
Friday, February 3: v University of Nairobi Mean Machine, 6pm – ESS; 7.30pm – Kenya Cup
Sunday, March 4: v Nondescripts, 3pm –ESS; 4.30pm – Kenya Cup
Saturday, March 17: v Kisumu RFC, 8pm – Kenya Cup; ESS to be announced
Sunday, April 1: v Impala, 3pm – ESS, 4.30pm – Kenya Cup
Saturday, April 21: v Kenya Harlequin FC, 3pm – ESS, 4.30pm – Kenya Cup
Friday, May 4: v HomeboyZ, 6pm – ESS; 7.30pm – Kenya Cup
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