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Kenya 7s’ Nygel Amaitsa yearning for more after successful outing in Africa 7s

Kenya 7s' Nygel Amaitsa scores for Strathmore Leos in Dala 7s. PHOTO/Zapper Images
Kenya 7s' Nygel Amaitsa scores for Strathmore Leos in Dala 7s. PHOTO/Zapper Images

Strathmore Leos playmaker Nygel Amaitsa is yearning for more with Kenya 7s  and has a dream of going pro before his career comes to an end.

The 20-year-old Strathmore Leos player got his debut for Shujaa after an impressive outing with the Varsity side during the national Sevens Circuit.

Amaitsa just needed three circuits to have a call-up to the national team. The Musingu high school alumnus impressed and starred for the Leos in the Dala and Driftwood sevens before coach Kevin Wambua spotted potential in the young lad.

Nygel Amaitsa 7s debut

Amaitsa’s debut came when the team was looking to book an Olympic slot and reflecting on his debut, he said it was a perfect time for him to don the red jersey.

“It was a very nice experience first playing for the team and representing my fellow Kenyans in the famous Shujaa jersey as we sought for the Olympic qualification,” he told the Scrummage Africa.

“It was not earlier or later than I expected but it was the perfect time for my debut as I felt I had already grown and ready to represent the country,” he added.


The back helped the side reach the final and he says beating South Africa wasn’t an easy feat. He described 14 minutes against South Africa as an important period in his life.

“Playing South Africa in the finals of the Africa 7s men finals and winning was not a joke. We all decided to turn up for the game. It was an important moment of my life winning the tournament and qualifying for the Olympics.” Amaitsa reflected.

The youngster was the country’s top try scorer together with Patrick Odongo with seven tries each. He is eyeing to be an Olympian in future and believes the Africa Men’s 7s was a stepping stone for him.

“After having the privilege to represent my country and qualifying for the Olympics, this is just one of many to come and am looking forward to playing the games and representing the country,” he noted.

Nygel Amaitsa’s dream

The Leos fly half has his dreams already set as he is looking to go pro in future. He says that the Africa 7s taught him that everything is possible.

“After the games, I had my takeaways and lessons from the Olympic qualification. One must be disciplined to maintain the status and above all hard work will win you anything. We trained hard and that was reflected in our games.”

“ Am looking forward to going pro in the future. I know this is possible as it has happened with some of our players in the country and I know I’ll also make it to pro rugby. Each day is a learning day and I take seriously lessons from my coaches and senior players,” he concluded.

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