Chavakali keen to restore its glory days

Chavakali High School in a past session. PHOTO/Chavakali.

Chavakali High School which was once a powerhouse in Western region rugby school games seeks to go back to its golden days.

Chavakali High School known for having produced some notable names in the rugby field, is out to make it back to the high table with other schools with the school’s rugby team famously known as the Spartans.

The school lost its glory during the COVID-19 era. Their coach Brian Walumbe, says that they lost track after 2020 when COVID-19 struck the whole world with the school losing the rugby culture.

In an interview with Scrummage Africa, Walumber said it’s painful for them to see other schools competing in the nationals without them being there.

“After the COVID era, our boys lost the rugby culture as immediately they came back there were no school games or tournaments to take part in. This killed the boy’s morale and culture as theey did not see what to train for,” Walumbe said.


“The boys who knew the culture did their form 4 immediately and the remaining lot had no idea of the culture. So it was hard to have them train as they did not know what putting on the school jersey means.” added a laughing Walumbe.

The last class to ever compete favourably includes the likes of Chipu and currently, KCB lock Andy Cole Omollo and William Opaka who is a fullback at the club. They also boost Felix Makokha of  Kenya Harlequins and Felix Okumu of CUEA Monks just to name but a few.

Walumbe who has been at the helm of the school’s rugby for a while is confident that they are now on the right track to being able to compete favourably after being out for close to five years.

“We are working to go back to our old ways and hopefully this will bear us fruits in this upcoming season. We have incorporated a training program with Kabras RFC where we take our boys to their training grounds,” Walumbe revealed.

“We also invite our old boys who are still actively taking part in rugby to come and just give the boys a word of encouragement and push them a little bit,” Walumbe added.

Chavakali were good mostly in the shorter version of the game.

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