Kenya’s Willy Ambaka Officially Joins New Zealand Team

Kenya Sevens player Willy Ambaka has officially joined New Zealand side Manawatu Turbos.

The 27-year-old has gone in search of a good environment to hone his fifteens skills, after showing the world what he can do in the faster version of the game.

Turbos posted “It is a pleasure to announce the signing of Kenyan sevens star and Olympian Willy Ambaka.”

“I’m most comfortable on the right wing, but I’m looking at this as a learning experience, it’s always good to have a change of environment.”

Having signed Varsity fullback Te Rangatira Waitokia earlier this week, the Turbos have added another outside back to the squad.

He left Nairobi for Wellington on Saturday May 27, 2017 after months of visa implications since Hong Kong 7s.

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.

Willy’s experienced some special moments on the sevens circuit, such as being a key member of the team which lead Kenya to its first ever stage win in Singapore.

“Super Rugby is definitely the goal, but I’m just really looking forward to putting in some good performances for the Turbos,” he said.

Willy will be playing his club rugby for Fielding Old Boys Oroua. On top of that he’s also keen to soak in all New Zealand has to offer, although he may be hesitant about one odd thing.

On the signing Turbos said, “Our new signing has made it clear he’s here to achieve some equally special fifteen’s aspirations and we can’t wait to see him with ball in hand in the green and white.”


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