Kenya International Denis Abukuse ‘Suchi’ has opened on his seasonal targets after being named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Driftwood 7s tournament held in Mombasa last weekend.
The winger’s outstanding performance not only earned him individual recognition but also helped his team secure a commendable second-place finish.
Abukuse’s contribution was crucial as he scored an impressive six tries throughout the tournament, leaving fans and teammates in awe at the Mombasa sports club.
In an interview with Scrummage, Abukuse was thrilled, citing his performance as a result of hard work.
“It’s a nice feeling which I can’t put into words, the hard work I’ve been putting in silence is finally paying off, I thank God,” he said.
His ability to find gaps in the defence and his blistering acceleration made him a nightmare for his opponents to handle, scoring a brace in a pool match against MMUST, and one each against Strathmore, Mwamba, KCB and Kabras.
His remarkable try coming in the tournament came in a tightly contested semi-final match against KCB where he staged an electric run to score the winner in the dying minutes for Oilers to book a place in the finals.
He consistently showcased his versatility in the finals against Kabras as he dotted the opener, only for the sugarmen to rally from behind and claim the victory.
Asked about his motivation, Abukuse was quick to thank his tacticians.
“They (Coach Gibu and technical staff) play a very key role in my performance and the teams in general, they always motivate on good and bad days, like we never had a good outing in Kisumu during Dala, but we regrouped as a team and corrected the errors, thanks to our able coaches”.
On seasons targets he said, “As for now our focus shifts to Kabeberi 7s, apart from individual accolades and looking forward to help Oilers win titles, our performance as a team has improved and we are looking forward to better it and eventually winning the overall 7s series.”
He also went ahead and make the Driftwood 7s Dream team.