Business at Nairobi's busy Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) came to a halt as a carnival mood rented the air when the triumphant Kenya Sevens team returned to the country from Singapore Tuesday.

The Qatar Airlines plane carrying the team landed shortly after 2.30pm (+3GMT) from Doha, before taxing to the VIP area where skipper Andrew Amonde exited to a rousing welcome amidst song and dance.

Among those who welcomed the team were Sports minister Hassan Wario, Kenya Airways chairman Dennis Awori, Kenya Airways chief executive Mbuvi Ngunze, Kenya Rugby Union chairman Richard Omwela and Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko.

VIP lounge

The rest of the passengers who had boarded the plane had the rare honour of exiting at the VIP lounge before Amonde disembarked with the glamorous Singapore Sevens trophy held aloft.

Kenya stunned Fiji 30-7 to win the Singapore Sevens on Sunday. It was the first time for the team to win an event in the World Rugby Sevens series, having reached the final twice in 2009 Adelaide and 2013 Wellington.

However, it took sometime before the team disembarked as the personnel from Kenya Airways, the Kenya Sevens sponsors, frantically had those arriving with the team and those receiving them don the Kenya Airways jerseys before exiting the plane.

Official airline

The team had a brief interview with television stations that were relaying the arrival live before heading to the Kenya Airways wing for a photo session.

The photo session had to be organised with a Kenya Airways plane, considering that the team had jetted back on Qatar Airlines, the sponsors of the Singapore Sevens.

"The team flew the official airline sponsors of the Series; that is Qatar Airlines," said Ngunze.

Source: financialexpress