Kenyan rugby star Collins Injera has announced his retirement.
Through social media, he stated that after months of contemplation, he has decided to listen to his body and step away from the game after 17 years of dedication.
Injera expressed gratitude to his wife and children for their support and mentioned he will now take up a role to support the operations of UK-based satellite operator Avanti Communications in East Africa.
“Everything must come to an end, sometime. I have always said that I will know it’s time because my body will tell me. And for the past few months, it has really ‘spoken’ to me so, finally, I have decided to listen to it.“As hard as this is for me, after 17 years of literal blood, sweat and tears, it’s time to step away from this great game that has given me so much more than I could ever ask for,” he wrote.
He also thanked fans, media, and sponsors for their support throughout his career.
“To my wife Chebet and my kids; Chloe, Clyde, and Carl, thank you very much for all the love, support and understanding you have given me all these years.
“Those days, weeks, and sometimes months that you have endured without my presence as I was busy chasing my dream across the globe are finally over,” he said.
Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) director of Rugby and former Simbas’ head coach Thomas Odundo paid tribute to Injera, saying: “Collins has been a great servant of the game, scaling heights. I don’t think even he imagined. I first played Collins in possibly some of the hardest matches any Kenyan has played – against the Southern Spears. The trip was an eye-opener for many of us, both coaches and players. I believe he took the learnings from that trip to become what he is today. He was always a fast learner and adapted quickly.”