Mwamba Stay Ahead Of Pack In Kenya Cup

Feb 08, 2012
  • Mwamba RFC lead the 10 team Kenya Cup standings.

Mwamba’s 41-9 drubbing of Homeboyz on Saturday helped maintain their lead in the 10-team Kenya Cup team. One interesting addition to the Mwamba stable are two teens Jiuta and Saki Tuni who are New Zealanders but of Fiji descent.

Jiuta Tuni scored in his debut for the Black Shirts and it would be interesting to see how they fit in the lively Mwamba backline when Lavin Asego, Horace Otieno, Collins Injera and Humphrey Kayange return from national team assignments in New Zealand and USA.

The two borothers whose father Melly works for the United Nations watched Mwamba play against Mean Machine and were impressed. They were ready to get into the thick of things even barefoot and in their jeans.

According to Paul Oketch, the Mwamba RFC captain, they have been a good addition to the side and are enthusiastic during training sessions. What a weekend this was! Kisumu edged out Nondescripts RUFC at Kisumu Polytechnic which has proved to be a good hunting ground.

It was their only second win after beating Mean Machine earlier in the season. The win did not however lift them off the basement and they are 12-points level with Nondies. Homeboyz have nine points and are placed 10th. Mwamba only has a one point lead against second-placed Strathmore University.

The top five teams are so close which makes the league interesting. Third-placed Kenya Commercial Bank and Nakuru are also separated by one point while Quins, the defending champions have 20 points. They have steadily risen from the seventh position when the league resumed last month.

In the Eric Shirley Shield, Western Bulls are unbeaten after eight matches. They have 35 points, six ahead of Quins II while KCB II are third on 28 points. Homeboyz II occupy a familiar position at the basement just like their Senior team. The competition in Pool A of the newly introduced Nationwide league is quite stiff.

Eldoret RFC are top with 21 points with Masinde Muliro second on 16. Two teams - Webuye and Bungoma are tied on 15 points each while Maseno, Kakamega II and Moi University each have 14 points. Blak Blad are the runnaway leaders in Pool B with 24 points with Mombasa second on 15.

Egerton University are ruling the roost in the Universities league. They have 28 points from six outings and are unbeaten. Kenya Polytechnic are second and Thika RFC third.

Saturday fixtures Kenya Cup: Kisumu v Quins, Mean Machine v KCB, Homeboyz v Impala, Strathmore University v Mwamba, Nondies v Nakuru. ESS: Western Bulls v Quins II, Mean Machine II v KCB II, Homeboyz II v Impala II, Strathmore University II v Mwamba II, Nondies II v Nakuru II. Nationwide A: Masinde Muliro v Kisumu II, Moi University v Maseno University, Ksii v Webuye, Bungoma v Kakamega, Eldoret v Siaya MTC. Nationwide B: Oryx v Spartans, Mombasa v Mombasa Polytechnic, Pwani v Blak Blad, JKUAT v KCA University. Universities: Catholic University v Blak Blad II, Africa Nazarene University v Kenya Polytechnic, Daystar University v Thika, Egerton v KeMU, Comras v Kimathi University, Kabarak v Multimedia.

 

Eric Odanga

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