George “Jijo” Mbaye has been elected Mwamba RFC chairman during the club’s Annual General Meeting that was held on Saturday afternoon at Railways Club, Nairobi.
Mbaye, a former Kenya Sevens international, replaces long serving chairman Alvas Onguru who opted not to contest. Mbaye polled 17 votes against Mark Achola’s 11 votes to emerge victorious during a largely successful AGM that attracted over 40 club members. He previously served the club as Secretary for 3 years.
Jason Rosario Braganza was elected Club Secretary unopposed when his sole opponent, Mr Mbaye, chose to contest the chairmanship instead. Anthony Kabiru Karanja was elected Club Treasurer unopposed.
The AGM also saw the club make a significant step towards complying with Sports Act 2013 by adopting a new constitution. The Sports Act 2013 seeks to harness sports for development, encourage and promote drug-free sports and recreation. It also provides for the establishment of sports institutions, facilities, administration and management of sports in the country, and for connected purposes.
“I want to thank members for trusting in me to lead this club and together with committee we shall ensure that we push this club to the next level. We need to reclaim our glory in all levels and codes of the game,” Mr Mbaye said in his acceptance speech.
On his part, the incoming secretary Mr. Rosario said that he is relishing the new challenge: “We humbly accept the mandate entrusted to us to steer this club forward. The real work now begins,” he said.
Mr. Karanja had previously acted as Club Treasurer after the resignation of Edwin Teya said the focus now shifts to making Mwamba RFC one of the biggest sporting clubs in the country. “I urge club members to unite and help in building our club and to make the club of choice for many upcoming players,” he said.
The outgoing chairman challenged the new Committee to find a home for the club. “Our challenge has been our quest for a permanent home for ourselves, a quest that has gone on for many, many years. A permanent home with training and playing facilities will go a long way in alleviating many of our perennial challenges and I urge us all to actively participate in this quest,” he told members.
Mwamba RFC has had a year of mixed fortunes. The team has maintained its pedigree in Sevens rugby and has continued to produce players to the national Sevens team. The latest additions there have been Dan Sikuta and Shaban Ahmed, both of whom were called up to the national team in the last two years.
In the longer version of the game, the club has showed promised with victory in the 2013 Enterprise Cup tournament, and narrowly losing out of a semifinal spot in the Kenya Cup last season, in addition to the call up of Francis Akatu, Brian Otieno and Victor Wayodi to the Kenya A squad and Charles Kuka to the Kenya Under-19s this last season. The club also fields a third team in the Nationwide League.
The age grade team, Pebbles, has received sponsorship from the Centre for Multiparty Democracy. Many of the Pebbles players are doing very well in various secondary schools around the country and were a big factor in Laiser Hill School winning the National School championship.
Mwamba Ladies team won the inaugural KRU women’s league.