The now-Mwamba assistant coach has opened up on how he ended up breaking the World Sevens Series try-scoring record in ‘easy’ fashion in a game his parents attended.
Kenya Sevens legend Collins Injera has opened up on the moment he made history by breaking the HSBC World Sevens Series try-scoring record in the 2015/2016 season.
Injera made history by becoming not just the first African to score over 200 tries in the series, but to also break the long-standing record set by Santiago Gomez Cara.
The Argentine’s record had stood since 2009 before Injera broke it in the final tournament of the season held in London during their 29-12 loss to France.
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The former Mwamba winger went on to score 49 more tries before hanging up his boots earlier this year.
At the moment he made history, it looked like everything was set in stone for him to achieve his huge milestone considering his parents were in London to watch him break the record.
The now-Mwamba assistant coach has opened up on how he ended up breaking the record on the OSBKE Podcast.
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“I had gone for a while without scoring and then just decided to play,” Injera said.
“Before long, I scored two tries against Scotland, and only had five tries left, but at that tournament, I actually scored seven tries.
“Funny thing is, the whole season, I had not scored seven tries combined in two separate tournaments at all.
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Omondi, who was named the Safari Sevens MVP, believes that their showings against strong opposition in the latter stages of the tournament will put them in a good place ahead of their World Series promotion campaign.
“It was a sweet feeling because it is the only tournament my parents had namechecked they would be attending long before the season started.”
Injera was assisted by his older brother Humphrey ‘Tall’ Kayange for the try he describes as the “easiest” try of his career.
Speaking on his parents’ decision to attend the tournament, Injera insisted that they had long planned to attend the tournament even before the Hall of Famer was close to achieving the record.
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Shujaa will be using the tournament to prepare for the Challenger Series in 2024 in their quest to win back promotion to the World Series.
“Both had come to the Dubai leg and liked it and said they wanted to attend the London one. The plan was to throw the jersey to the fans upon scoring that try.
“But things took a different turn. I scored it first. It was a funny one because Tall had one try to go to make it to 160 and end his career with an even number.
“He is at 159. He got to the line, and I even told him to score if you look back at that video as I was trying to block the defender.
“The guy just gave it to me and told me ‘You can score’. I was like, ‘What?’
“Who am I? I decided to just score it. I can guarantee you that was the easiest try I have ever scored in my entire life.
“That is not even walking, that is just like being asked to close your mouth as people spoon feed you, but I appreciated it.
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Shujaa will be taking part in the competition and will use it as a pathway to win back promotion to the World Series.
“As I was celebrating, I remembered that both my mum and dad were around, and so I asked myself, ‘Why can’t they take this Jersey?’
“So I climbed up the stairs and gave them. It was a moment out of nowhere.
“It was not planned. I think the media guys anticipate an athlete set to achieve a milestone to achieve something. It is like Eliud Kipchoge about to complete a marathon. You always anticipate for something to happen.”