Former Kenya Sevens lead trainer Benjamin Ayimba is dead.
According to the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU), family representative Oscar Osir affirmed Ayimba’s passing.
“It is with immense sorrow that we report the demise of Benjamin on Friday 21 May 2021. Benjamin suffered to the different intricacies he was being treated for over the recent months,” Osir told KRU as seen on their site.
Ayimba (44) had been suffering from cerebral malaria, which has gotten him far from the public eye since the beginning of 2021.
I respect this champ so much..the coach who took us to Singapore 7s glory..tonight at 8pm we have a sit down on @ntvkenya with coaches..@benayimba ..A Living legend #churchillshow pic.twitter.com/i0czzxNvJL
— Churchill (@MwalimChurchill) September 6, 2020
On May 9, Ayimba’s family reported on his wellbeing, asking Kenyans to continue contributing cash to counterbalance the hospital expense of the debilitated rugby legend.
Benjamin Ayimba was set to begin a rugby institute in Nyanza, Kenya
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The Kenya Rugby Union affirmed the news through their Twitter handle, where they paid sympathies to the Ayimba family.
A Soldier rests…
We join the Ayimba family and the whole rugby and wearing brotherhood in grieving incredible back row and previous @KenyaSevens Head Coach @benayimba who died on Friday 21 May 2021.#RipBenja pic.twitter.com/YPG8M4yF1Q — Kenya Rugby (@OfficialKRU) May 22, 2021
Enyimba had recently been conceded at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Private Wing.
His famous lifetime to the side, Ayimba will be recognized as the one who brought the prize home, after Kenya whipped Fiji 30-7 in the 2016 Singapore Sevens last.
Ayimba finished his examinations at Maseno School in 1994 and joined Impala Saracens the year after. He captained Impala to two titles, the Kenya Cup in 2000 and the Enterprise Cup in 2001.
He likewise directed Impala to three National Sevens Circuit titles in 1999, 2000, and 2001.
Ayimba likewise played for Nondescripts in 2002 preceding moving to and Cornish Pirates in England somewhere in the range of 2003 and 2005.
He was important for the Kenya Sevens crew that included in the 2001 and 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens competitions in Argentina and Hong Kong individually.
He additionally played for Kenya at the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Commonwealth Games.
In the wake of leaving his short job as Kenya 15’s mentor, Ayimba trained the Sevens group somewhere in the range of 2006 and 2011, where they got their first-since forever World Series last in 2009 in Adelaide, Australia. Around the same time, he drove Shujaa to its lady Rugby World Cup Sevens semi-last in Dubai.
His second stretch as Kenya Sevens lead trainer was between 2015-16, where he instructed the group to its first-historically speaking appearance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 2016, Ayimba and the group left a mark on the world when they won the World Series title after Kenya beat Fiji 30-7 in the 2016 Singapore Sevens last. He was eased of his obligations in 2011 however was reappointed in 2015 as a lead trainer before directing his group to the renowned success in Singapore a year later.
Ayimba was in June a year ago selected specialized chief for the recently shaped Kenya Rugby League (KRL).
Locally, he had training spells at Kenya Harlequins (Assistant mentor), Mean Machine, and Homeboyz.
He has left behind six youngsters,’ all sons and the oldest is 21 years of age. Ayimba and his first spouse had four children: Gabriel, Brian, Keenan, and Eli Benjamin Jr. Ayimba also had two children with entertainer and jokester Nyaboke Moraa.