Gabriel keen to emulate legacy of late father Ayimba

Gabriel keen to emulate legacy of late father Ayimba

The late Kenya Sevens coach Benjamin Ayimba instructs his charges against Uganda during their Africa Cup Sevens semi finals match at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani on September 24, 2016. Uganda won 17-12 to reach the finals. (PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha)

  • The late Ayimba helped Kenya win its first ever HSBC leg in 2016 when they clinched the Singapore title

Former Maseno School lock Gabriel Ayimba has set his sights on emulating his departed father and rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba.

Speaking last weekend during the Safari Sevens tournament where he featured for Kenya’s under 20 Chipu, Gabriel said his aim is to keep working harder in order to emulate his father’s legacy.

“My aim is to do better than my late dad since he was my mentor in the game so generally I’m working hard to do better and even doing better than what he did because he will be proud of it,” he said.

The late Ayimba helped Kenya win its first ever HSBC leg in 2016 when they clinched the Singapore title and Gabriel, who is enthusiastic about rugby management, says he wants to emulate what his father did for the nation.

He added that he hopes that he will maintain the national status and play for the national team in future.

“As a player for the Chipu I’m trying to maintain my position because there is a lot of competition, so I’m working hard day in day out so that in future I will fly the national flag with the senior team,” added junior Ayimba.

It was the first time Gabriel was called to represent Chipu in an international tournament.

Ayimba, a celebrated rugby icon, on May 21 this year after losing a battle with cerebral malaria at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

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