By Francis Ontomwa,
He is one of Western region’s most respected rugby maestros. The mention of the oval ball makes his head go giddy. When he first contemplated of playing the beautiful game during his third year in secondary school, his prime goal was to build a ruthless fighter in him, one that would silence anyone who came his way. Today however, the rugby buff has learnt much more from the game and his humility and meekness just makes him stand out. Kenyanstar’s FRANCIS ONTOMWA files a comprehensive profile of one of Kenya’s fastest rising rugby stars, Western Bulls' Captain BRAMWEL SHIKANDA.
Why Rugby for you?
Rugby makes my life roll. I learnt the game back in my high school days and I fell in love with the game completely. My life can never be complete without rugby!
If you were not playing rugby, what other sport could you be found in?
Football definitely. I was a good footballer back in the days and had I continued with training, perhaps I would now be playing alongside Marigas and Mugubis.
Are you happy playing for Western Bulls?
More than happy! Bulls is a great team with a lot of talent and it feels good to play alongside such great people.
How would you describe your tactician, Ochieng’ Ahaya?
He is a wonderful coach, one that has upped my prospects in the game. Everyone loves him in the team.
What do you consider your biggest achievement in rugby?
That should be two years ago playing for Western Buffaloes in Bamburi Super Series. We rivalled opponents and although we bowed out of the tourney in the knock out stages, it was an experience to treasure!
What is your greatest challenge in a field of play?
Cracking the head in the quest of trying to learn the opponent’s antics in the opening minutes of the game. For you to make an outstanding rugby player you must be quick in learning your opponent as early as possible to know how to counter his wits.
Which are your dream clubs locally and abroad?
Locally I admire playing for KCB, and casting my eyes wider I would love to end at Hurricanes RFC abroad.
Who are your role models?
In Kenya National sevens stars and Mwamba’s wonder kids Collins Injera and brother Humphrey Khayange make me go to a crest of wave. Internationally, I admire England’s star Dan Norton.
Name: Bramwel Shikanda
Nick name: Bram
Educational Background: Journalism and Mass Communication
Date of Birth: 21 June 1987
Place of Birth: Butere Mumias
High School: Ingotse High School
Weight: 80 kg
Height: 6 ft
Favourite Dish: Ugali and Chicken meat
Favourite colour: Black