CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

Kenya: Mobile Firm Funds Sevens Rugby

Nairobi — AIRTEL, the mobile network operator, has pledged Sh 2,5 million towards promoting the Masaku Sevens rugby tournament scheduled for June 27 to June 29.

The firm issued a cheque to Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua.

Mutua thanked the Airtel Chief Executive Officer, for its continued sponsorship of the tournament.

Mutua called on rugby fans to attend the event saying that security would be assured.

“Kenyans and visitors from all over are welcome to Machakos for the Masaku 7s expecting to get the best rugby tournament and entertainment ever-security will be assured,” said Mutua.

The Governor said that sports had become the glue that held societies together and that the county was looking forward to establishing home teams for both football and rugby to promote local talent.

“We also want to make Machakos County a tourism and sporting hub with the County hosting various sporting events throughout the year,” said Mutua.

The tournament that for the past years has been used as a warm to the national rugby sevens series has grown in stature attracting thousands of fans with this year's event expected to be even bigger after the success of last year's edition.

This year's tournament was officially launched in March with organizers, the Masaku 7s Organising Committee announcing that this year's edition would be held under floodlights at the Kenyatta Stadium.

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