K GETTY IMAGE: Collins Injera at Singapore 7s in 2017
Being a Kenya 7s player in the time of COVID-19
By Eric Njiru | Fri 03 Apr, 2020 14:44

Sevens great Collins Injera spoke for the first time after the 14-day quarantine period that Kenya 7s players were subjected to after returning from North American tour of the 2020 HSBC World Sevens Series. 

Injera and the rest of Kenya 7s squad competed at Los Angeles and Vancouver 7s before most parts of the World went to a lock down. Kenya has since banned travelling in and out with World Rugby postponing the rest of World Sevens Series.

"Self quarantine was good, though very challenging as it's hard to isolate yourself from the family and kids haven't seen you for more than two weeks,"said Injera.

"Thank God I finished the 14 days well, without any complications."

Andrew Amonde, Jeff Oluoch, Collins Injera, Daniel Taabu, Billy Odhiambo, Dan Sikuta, Oscar Ouma, Oscar Dennis, Sammy Oliech, Jacob Ojee, Willy Ambaka, Vincent Onyala and Alvin Otieno attended LA and Vancouver 7s in early March and late Feb.

"It is necessary(quarantine) as we have to stop the spread of the virus. I know it's very challenging because I was there before the whole Country was put under curfew and quarantine. Better to be safe than sorry," added Injera.

On keeping himself fit as a professional rugby player, Injera said:
"In all honesty, the uncertainty of when the season might resume is making it very difficult but I am using this time to fully recover from the ankle knock I got on tour and a little rehab."

Injera's Mwamba RFC were set for Kenya Cup playoffs against Impala Saracens before the government banned sports events and gathering and the Sevens legend advised all rugby players to stay fit as they await the return of Kenya Rugby Union competitions.

"My advice(to local rugby players) would be to try and keep active and stay safe by taking precautions."

Eric Njiru
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