Nov 10, 2016
Player Profile: Impala Saracens' Steve Shammah
Impala Saracens' loose forward Shammah is full of optimism for his side ahead as they Kenya Cup season gets underway
"I started off as a flanker, then in my last year (2013) at Ol Kejuado High School, then moved to prop" says Shammah as he reflects on his rugby background, "can you believe I was one of the biggest in my school?" The 20 year old is currently carving a name for himself in Sarries colours and he wears an air of youthful exuberance, with bags of confidence to match it.
The 4 years in a little known school in the South Rift served to mould him and ultimately book him a future date with some of the the best Academy coaches, the side-stepping Kenya A scrumhalf Samson Onsomu & former Kenya International prop Stephen Juma.
"At Ol Kejuado, we never thought of ourselves as a team fit enough to go against the big names. But as they say, life is a journey and it is a little surprising that some of the best in High School are no longer the big names in club rugby. You have to make decisions, hard decisions. There's a immense fun associated with rugby, but every time I remember my trip to Zimbabwe in 2015 with Chipu (Kenya’s U19 side), I regain focus. You have to hit the weight room, flip tyres, watch your nutrition, constantly work on your alertness during play and sacrifice momentary niceties for final gold."
The 20 year old whose demeanor off the turf can be likened to a calm pond, however understands how to switch on the storms on the field of play. His most notable awards include 2 Mwamba Cup Division II wins, A Nairobi Nationwide (currently Championship) win, Kajiado 7s top silverware (2014), an Eric Shirley Shield Cup win and most recently the unforgettable Kabeberi 7s Main Cup.
On the topico of leadership Shammah is a keen admirer of Ducan Ekasi, the current Impala Saracens captain. "I always wonder if I will ever play like him at that age" says Shammah. "His consistency challenges me to amazement!"
Coming through the Standard Chartered Impala Rugby Academy and rising up to the Resolution Impala Saracens has been an important journey for Shammah and he has now now secured the Club’s support to pay a part of his tuition fees at Zetech College where he studies Business I.T.
With the Kenya Cup season getting underway earlier this month, Shammah has high hopes for the Impala Saracens side. "I want to win one or more Kenya Cup trophies with the team" he says. "I mean, we lost last season at home under torrential rainfall and that image of despair with rivers of rainfall running along our foreheads is still vivid. But I have been keen with the weather forecast this new season and it might not rain! No rain means one thing…"