M Mean Machine
Machine old boys set to reunite
By Eric Njiru | Fri 18 May, 2018 16:35

One of the greatest rugby clubs to ever exist in Kenya, the Mean Machine, will host a Wazee-Vijana tournament on Saturday June 2, 2018 at the University of Nairobi. 

The tournament will be a 7-aside touch rugby involving the players who played for the side in the past and the current squad.

The chairman, Steve Obonyp, calls upon all old boys "for a day of fun, touch rugby and reliving of the good old times."

Obonyo urges all old boys "over the past 40 years to congregate at Machine this 2nd June for the annual Mbuzi. Machine is back to the Kenya Cup and the support of the old boys would be crucial in sustaining the team in the top flight."

The day would also serve as a career and mentorship day for the current players

Machine recently won the KRU Championship beating Menengai Oilers returning to the Kenya Cup after one season in the second tier. 

Matches at the UoN grounds are known to be electrifying with visiting teams and fans worried of the atmosphere created by the home fans like recently witnessed against USIU and Western Bulls.

Mean Machine RFC took the Kenya rugby scene by storm in 1989 and 1990; the team which at the time comprised entirely of students of the University of Nairobi. 

They have won the Kenya Cup three times in their history; in 1977, 1989 and 1990. This is more than Mwamba. 

Prior to 1989 , Mean Machine were known to play a brand of rugby that was exciting , free flowing but not very structured. 

Led by the legendary Edward Rombo, Machine playing the excited free flowing brand of rugby that they had come to be associated with, won the Kenya cup in style. Rombo who played on the wing, combined breathtaking speed with a killer sidestep that came to be known in Kenya rugby circles as the Rombo jig.

There was also John Moore Ohaga at flyhalf, Oliver Khabure at second row, Martin Ndeda at scrum half along with others like Musalia Kihamba, Edwin Obuya and full back Ken Kanyi many of whom were the very best at their respective positions.

Wherever they play, their large band of supporters, many of whom are not even students at UoN follow them.

Additional material derived from Kenyapage.net

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