The airline has been the title sponsor since 2010, spending over KSh900m in cash and in kind on the Kenya seven’s national rugby team.
Ngunze recognised the good relationship maintained between the airline, KRU as well as with the national seven’s team and the platform this set up to drive sports sponsorship in the country.
During the sponsorship, Kenya Airways saw the team achieve two finalist positions in the series and a series high of 99 points in the 2012/13 series ranking finishing in the fifth place globally.
In addition, the team won a main cup in the Singapore World Rugby Seven’s in April 2016 and qualified for the Olympics during the partnership.
Mbuvi Ngunze said: “We are proud of how far the sport has come with global interest in the Kenya team’s participation in the seven’s series rising by the day and appreciate the determination of our sports personalities which has cemented Kenya’s position in the top tier of the Seven’s World Series. Kenya Airways remains committed to supporting sports in Africa. We wish the team well in the upcoming Series.”
Richard Omwela, KRU chairman said: “We appreciate the constant support Kenya Airways has accorded us, the Union, and the team over the years as we have worked together to see Kenya Seven’s grow from strength to strength. Through the years we have seen young players such as Biko Adema, Billy Odhiambo rise to be at the top of their game. The effort of our boys on series over the years has continued to position the airline and our country very strategically in the world as well as increased awareness and interest among fans.”