Impala knock Mwamba out of Enterprise cup

By francis marangu
Mar 15, 2014
  • Alan Omuka is closely supported by Peter Mutai when Kenya Commercial Bank played Kenya Harlequin FC. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Enos Otieno, the Kenya Harlequin FC coach appears to ponder the next move after his team was knocked out of the Enterprise Cup by KCB. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Veteran KCB forward, Dennis Mwanja needs the attention of three Quins players during an Enterprise Cup match. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Resolution Impala Saracens played their hearts out to eliminate Enterprise Cup champions Mwamba RFC with a slim 18-16 victory in their quarterfinal match played at the University of Nairobi ground.

Great competition was at show with the lead changing hands between the two sides before Impala eventually ended up winners. Quinton Odhiambo put Impala ahead with an unconverted try to dictate the pace. Left winger Jeremy Chimwani then leveled the scores for Mwamba with an unconverted try.

The game was highly physical with too many calls from the referee, hard tackles flying out easily and both teams conceding penalties at will. A Brian Kivasya penalty and George Mbaye’s unconverted try gave Mwamba a 13-5 lead midway the half.

Impala pushed hard to overturn the lead and had tries from Eric Kopondo and captain Duncan Ekasi with Nato Simiyu adding a penalty for Impala to lead 18-13 at half time. Simiyu had earlier missed a penalty.

Upon resumption, Impala were on the receiving end when Kopondo was yellow carded following an infringement. The numerical disadvantage did not deter Impala from safeguarding their slim lead amid sustained pressure from Mwamba.

Squandered penalty

When Mwamba needed the points most, Kivasya squandered a penalty that could have narrowed down the margin. Three minutes later, he made amends with a penalty as the scores read 16-18 in Impala's favor.

Impala suffered more setback when veteran scrum-half, Moses Kola, who was celebrating his birthday was stretchered off the field of play injured and Ekasi earned a yellow card in the closing minutes of the match.

Mwamba was equally on the receiving end of the referee with Brian Otieno earning a yellow card and conceding a penalty that Simiyu failed to convert. Impala will now play Kenya Commercial Bank in the semifinals next weekend.

The bankers beat Kenya Harlequin FC 36-6 at their Ruaraka Ground. Peter Mutai led the rout with one try and three conversions for the bankers. Ian Indimuli touched down twice with Dennis Mwanja and Allan Omuka crossing the line once. Esau Otieno slotted one conversion.

The other semifinal pairing will see Nakuru RFC face off with Nondescript RUFC. Nakuru beat Homeboyz RFC 35-10 in their quarterfinal tie while Nondies triumphed 23-18 over Strathmore University.

Enterprise Cup Results

Nakuru RFC 35 Homeboyz RFC 10, Nondescript 23 Strathmore University 18, KCB 36 Kenya Harlequin 6, Impala 18 Mwamba 16.