Ayimba died on Friday evening, May 21 at Kenyatta National Hospital where he was receiving treatment for cerebral malaria.
“A warrior rests. We join the Ayimba family and the entire rugby and sporting fraternity in mourning legendary backrow and former Kenya Sevens Head Coach Ben Ayimba who passed away on Friday 21, May 2021,” KRU said in a statement.
In a separate statement, Ayimba’s family thanked members of the public for the overwhelming support during the rugby player’s sickness.
Ayimba, who captained the national 15s and Kenya Sevens teams, is arguably the most successful sevens coach, having guided Kenya to their maiden victory in the World Rugby Sevens Series with victory at the 2016 Singapore Sevens.
The team hammered Fiji 3-7 in the final.
Ayimba came to the limelight in 2006 when he was picked as Kenya Sevens head coach while still playing for the national team. He featured in the 2001 and 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
Ayimba, a former Impala Saracens players, would guide the team to its first ever World Rugby Series final during the Adelaide leg of the series in 2009.