Kenyan Legendary Rugby Player Humphrey Kayange Announces His Retirement

  • Kenyan rugby legend Humphrey Kayange has announced his retirement from international rugby. 

    In a long on his Instagram page, Kayenge exclaimed: "My turn to say...........Goodbye!!! It has been about 2 years now that I have been trying to get back to the field for Kenya and run out with the brothers one last time. Guess it wasn’t to be. It is time to say goodbye to my international career in both 7s and 15s. 

    "The last 12 years have been an unbelievable experience and I have loved every minute of it. 

    "I have been blessed to play the game for more than a decade and to explore my talent and abilities while injury free for the better part of it," he added.

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    Humprey also expressed his gratitude to the people who supported him in his career among who he stated: "My Employers KEBS who have been supportive through it all and allowed me to go out and explore my talents.

    "Over 12 years, I have been coached by several guys who've made me better so thank you very much. For the S&Cs as well, I will always remember some of those painful sessions but it was all worth it," the legend expressed.

    He added that the will always treasure the amazing moments he shared with his brothers as they well represented the republic.

    He further revealed that he is set to focus on his next chapter of life some of which he had already started focusing on.

    "In between my Research duties at KEBS, getting my Level 2 coaching accreditation and my Athletes Commission responsibilities at the Olympic Committee, I look forward to many more opportunities where I can give back to the sport that has given me so much," Humphrey concluded.

    Kayange was part of the Kenya Sevens squad that won Singapore 7s Main Cup in 2016 and the team that went to Rio Olympics in 2016.

    He has played 66 tournaments in the World Sevens series, and two World Cups.

    In 2017, he was elected unopposed to the National Olympics Committee of Kenya as the players’ representative.

    Kayange was part of the delegation that lobbied for Rugby Sevens to be admitted back to the Olympics after 100 years in the cold.

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