Kenya Harlequin and Kenya 7s international Willy Ambaka is up for 2018 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Award (Soya) sportsmen of the year accolade.
Ambaka will battle national football team keeper Peter Matasi and three athletics celebrities for the Sportsmen of the Year award wit the ceremony set to be held in Mombasa on Friday Jan 11.
The Kenya Harlequin star and Matasi will be eyeing to become among the few sportsmen from other disciplines other than athletics to win the coveted award.
But whether the duo will floor World marathon record –breaking EliudKipchoge and compatriots Commonwealth and Africa champions Elijah Manangoi (1,500m) and Conseslus Kipruto (3,000m steeplechase) is left to be known.
Ambaka was Kenya 7s top try scorer last season with 31 tries from 155 points in 54 matches, feat that guided Shujaa to break the half-a-century-mark for the first time for 104 points. That saw Shujaa finish eighth in the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens Series.
He made his first Cap for the Kenya 15 rugby team, the Simbas this season, when he was named in Africa Gold Cup/ World Cup Qualifier squad to face Tunisia and he scored a brace as the Simbas mauled Tunisia 67-0 at RFUEA Grounds.
Ambaka also scored two tries despite Kenya Simbas going down 53-28 loss in the Africa Gold Cup decider. He also featured for Kenya Simbas at the other World Cup qualifier at Repechage in France.
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