Former Kenya Sevens coach and player Benjamin Ayimba is dead.
This is after battling cerebral malaria that saw him admitted in hospital severally from January this year.
The former rugby tacticians family last month appealed for financial help to help clear a huge hospital bill accrued from his numerous hospital visits.
His family said Ayimba had been in and out of hospital since late 2020 and had had difficulty in clearing a medical bill of Kshs2.2 million.
During the appeal, the family said his condition was growing worse and urged Kenyan’s to chip in and help him get the best medical treatment he could get to enable him get back on his feet.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga chipped in contributing Kshs1 million each, and at the time, the medical bill had risen to Ksh6.5 million.
As a player, Ayimba held the position of Kenya 7s and 15s Captain representing the country at the Rugby Sevens World Cups in 2001 and 2005.
Ayimba went ahead to serve as Kenya Rugby 7s most successful coach after he guided the national team to its first-ever World Sevens Series Cup title in 2016, where Kenya beat Fiji 30-7 to win the Singapore 7s.
Untill his death, Ayimba was serving as technical director for Kenya Rugby League (KRL), a possition he assumed after his appointment June last year.
He died at Kenyatta hospital where he was undergoing treatment.