Forget golf, eyes on rugby and football

This weekend, forget golf. The country is staging some seriously excellent sporting events and golfers will be forgiven for giving up the dimpled little white golf balls and focus instead on an egg-shaped ball at the Safaricom Sevens or a round leather ball at Kenya’s top football derby — Gor Mahia versus AFC Leopards.
The Safari Sevens, Africa’s premier seven-a-side rugby tournament kicks off Friday with the schools, ladies and veterans taking to the field at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

This weekend, some of the top sevens teams from around the globe will compete in what is a true rugby extravaganza, a mix of entertainment and top class rugby.

With a sitting capacity of nearly 20,000, the Kenya Rugby Union chairman Mwangi Muthee has called on fans to attend one of East Africa’s foremost sporting events at the Nyayo Stadium.

This is the second year the event will be held at the venue and more than 30,000 fans are expected. For those who will not make it, the games will be live on the SuperSport.

Meanwhile, for those who love to run, the Kenya Airways Mara Marathon takes place at the Maasai Mara, home to one of the new wonders of the world, the Great Migration.

This year the marathon’s theme is Run so that the children can learn. This event is the brain child of golfer and Rotarian John Konchellah, whose vision for a race in the Mara has now come to reality.

Incidentally, Muthee, Konchellah and MultiChoice Kenya general manager Danny Muchira, are all weekend golfers at the Karen Country Club. Their handicaps shall remain un-named for now.

Across town at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Gor will be playing the Leopards, in what is bound to be a thrilling football match and a possible title decider in the 2012 Tusker Premier League.

For those who can’t keep away from golf, the Ecobank Corporate Golf Day is on today at the Karen Country Club. The event will be hosted by Ecobank chairman Peter Kanyago, who is also the Kenya Open Golf Limited chairman, the organisers of the Kenya Open Golf Championship.

“Karen will host the Kenya Open early next year and Ecobank guests will get to enjoy this magnificent golf course as it’s being prepared to host professional golfers from the Challenge Tour, the Sunshine Tour and our own pros here,” Kanyago said.

See you at Kasarani.