FORMER KENYA SEVENS HEAD COACH BENJAMIN AYIMBA PRONOUNCED DEAD

by Beatrice Ambasa
May 22, 2021

Former Kenya Sevens head coach Benjamin Ayimba is Dead.


Ayimba, who was the most celebrated Kenya 7s head coach after guiding Kenya to its first ever World Rugby Sevens Series Main Cup title in 2016 at the Singapore 7, passed away on Friday evening at Kenyatta National Hospital where he was undergoing cerebral malaria treatment.


His death came after his family had sent out a medical appeal to well-wishers to help settle his hospital bill.


President Uhuru Kenyatta helped offset his hospital bill that was at Sh2 million.


Ayimba was admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital private wing April 9 and has been receiving treatment while at the High Dependency Care (HDU) but his condition worsened for the past few days and was pronounced dead this evening. 


Ayimba, the former Kenya 7s and 15s Captain, is the most successful local Kenya Sevens Coach, having written history by guiding Kenya to its first ever World Sevens Series Cup title in 2016, winning the Singapore 7s after stunning Fiji 30-7.


Ayimba, who was named the 2009 SOYA Awards Coach of the Year, represented Kenya at Rugby Sevens World Cups (2001 and 2005) as a player.

 His first appointment as Kenya 7s head coach came in 2006, replacing his coach at Impala Bill Githinji, a position he held until 2011.


During his tenure in 2009 he guided Kenya to its first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.


Ayimba made a comeback to the national team set up in 2015 as head coach, and he guided Kenya to its first ever Cup title in Singapore the following year (2016).