Kenya Sevens’ winger Willy Ambaka has finally landed in New Zealand ahead of a move to Manawatu.
Ambaka who stands at 1.95 meters and weighing in well over 100kgs has been waiting to seal the move since April but this had been held back by visa complications.
He left Nairobi for Wellington on Saturday May 27, 2017 where he said, “see you soon Kenya”.
Manawatu Rugby Union chief executive John Knowles confirmed in April that they had been working with the agent of the 26-year-old to bring him to New Zealand.
“There is the possibility of him coming, but he is subject to visa and there is no visa movement at the moment,” he said.
He has not played for either Quins or Kenya Sevens since Hong Kong 7s as he was still finalizing the deal. Raga House understands he will start playing soon in New Zealand.
This will be the third pro stint for the Quins flyer who rose to prominence in the World Series scene especially in the 2012/13 season having been handed his debut back in 2011.
The Manawatu Turbos are the premier men’s team in the Manawatu rugby province. In 2005, Manawatu was invited (with four other unions, reduced to 3 after an amalgamation) to play in the first division of a restructured National Provincial Championship, initially called (for sponsorship purposes) the Air New Zealand Cup.
Manawatu have a reputation for fielding young, local talent. This has served mixed results. However, this approach has also uncovered new exciting players who have made Super Rugby level and also the All Blacks.