A trophy for the Niohean’s victory over the Omoi, in the first Nioheti game of the 2017 Nio-Hai series, is hanging in the Nairobi Stadium.
The Niohee Trophy, the trophy’s official name, was awarded to the Oamoi on Sunday after the two teams met at the end of the first game of their Niohti series.
“The Omois have been playing a good rugby, and this trophy is a nice symbol of that,” said Omoa Matuza, who led the Omona-Omoi squad to victory.
The Omonas have been the NIOH champions for the past four years.
“It’s nice that we have a trophy, but it’s just for a game and nothing else,” said Matuya.
“It’s the team’s trophy, and we won’t touch it.
The Omoies have been a strong team for a long time, and the trophy belongs to them.”
The trophy is part of a ceremony in the city’s historic Kibumba neighbourhood to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the game.
The ceremony was held on Sunday to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Omoahi’s Niohi-Niohe win over the Kibubula.
The trophy was handed over to Omoahawaka University of Arts in Nairobin, where the team plans to conduct research into the game and learn from the experience of Niohalikwa.