While the superstars of Sevens representing the major rugby-playing nations wore the latest boots from the world’s most high profile manufacturers at last weekend’s IRB Wellington Sevens event, the Kenyan side sported a diverse array of older-style boots, but their outdated footwear did little to hold them back as they eliminated the hosts and fell just short of a famous tournament victory.
Playing England in the final Horace Otieno got the courageous Africans on the board with a try after the English had vaulted out to a 12-nil lead early in the match. Otieno (number 3 in the picture below) was wearing a pair of metallic blue Nike T90 Lazers, while a team-mate donned the orange, white and black colourway of the same boot.
Kenyan stalwart Collins Injera was as inspirational and influential as ever for the Africans throughout the tournament, donning a distinctive pair of adidas II Pros in black with orange highlights.
Wearing a green and black pair of adidas’ F50 Is Andrew Amonde was sinbinned with just over two minutes remaining in the match, as England stormed home with a late rally.
Willy Ambaka became the second Kenyan sent to the bin in the dying moments of the match, reducing their side to just five men and allowing the English to canter in under the bar to send the game in to extra time. Ambaka was sporting a pair of bright purple Nike Superfly IIIs.