After a five-year absence, the Chebarbar 7s makes a bold comeback, this time with the sole purpose of preaching peace, timed to coincide with the upcoming general elections.
The tournament will be held on July 30 at the Eldoret Sports Club for the first time since 2016.
The tournament was officially launched on July 1, 2022, in Eldoret. It was there that the day, date, and time of this year’s Chebarbar Sevens were revealed.
There will be 12 teams competing this year, including one from Tanzania and Uganda. Each of the four groupings has three teams:
Group A: Arsonists RFC (hosts), Stallions FC (Nairobi), and Manyati FC (Bungoma).
Group B: Entebbe Jaguars (Uganda), Wakulima RFC (Nakuru), KSL Rugby (Nairobi).
Group C: Eldoret RFC (Eldoret), UoE Trojans (Eldoret), Kibabii University (Bungoma).
Group D: Arsonists Wazalendo (Eldoret), Rugby on the Road (Kisii), Kapsabet RFC (Nandi).
In an exclusive with Scrummage Africa, Aaltonen Jumba, the founder and current chairman of the 2022 Chebarbar Sevens, disclosed that the prize money is still intact.
“The prize money is intact and held in trust with one of our sponsors.”
The Peace Edition
During the launching of the tournament, the organizers announced that the sole intention of the 2022 Chebarbar Sevens is preaching peace.
Jumba also revealed that this year’s tournament is different. Coming two weeks before the elections, the 2022 edition will serve as an enlightening campaign to the youths on the need for peaceful voting. In addition, the awarding ceremony will be a peace declaration.
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“This tournament is different as it comes a fortnight before the general elections. We will use it to bring the youths of this region and neighbouring regions together and enlighten them on the need to embrace peaceful voting and coexistence among communities making it a peace edition that will culminate into a peace declaration at the awarding ceremony.”
This comes after Eldoret town was mapped out by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) as one out of five major towns as possible hotspots for violence during the 2022 election campaigns period.
Preparation for the tournament
According to Jumba, the five years of waiting were worth it as the steering committee and organizers have been working round the clock to ensure supporters witness action and a fun-packed tournament.
“Five years is not a short time but enough time to enable the now steering committee to give our supporters an action and fun-packed tournament.”
The Chairman also said that they had learned from their mistakes and failures and they promise nothing but the best.
“Having learned from our previous mistakes and failures, this time we intend to make this tournament one of the most trusted, well organized, and executed tournaments, not only in this country but across the border as we have teams from Tanzania and Uganda.”
What to expect
Fans should expect a fun-filled and thrilling game and later on a sizzling after party to celebrate Chebarbar Sevens’ grand return.
“Our fans should expect a fun-filled thrilling game and later on a sizzling afterparty to celebrate our return”.