Obuya Cricket Academy promoted to expanded NPCA Super League

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jul 08, 2017
  • Kongonis who have been hit heavily with the departure of two dependable players host Sikh Union. (SNA File Photo)

Obuya Cricket Academy will be the new kids on the block this season’s NPCA Super League set to bowl off on Sunday in Nairobi.

Obuya Academy was promoted to play in the top tier league after a successful season last year in the second division.

With the promotion of Obuya Academy and the return of former giants Sir Ali back in the league, this year’s league will have 10 teams from last year’s eight.

Obuya Academy director Kennedy Obuya said, the inclusion of his side into Super League was a milestone in their development program that has seen a number of players from different background introduced to the game.

“We are happy that we will be playing in the top tier league. We are confident that the league will give most of the young players that we have a lot of exposure as they try to make a career in cricket."

"We have a number of players that have proved that they are equal to the task and we hope they will learn a lot playing the big boys,” Kennedy Obuya said.

Obuya Academy will open their campaign against immediate former champions Kanbis at Eastleigh High School.

Kennedy Obuya said playing Kanbis in the first match was the best they would have asked for in their debut.

“It's good to come up a club like Kanbis on day one. Kanbis is an established side with a great history full of success. We hope that the players will pick a lot of positive lessons in the match into the next matches,” he observed.

Apart from Kennedy Obuya, the new side boosts of Kennedy's younger brother and former national team opening batsman David Obuya, Kenya under-19 players Gerald Mwendwa, Aveet Desai, Tom Ochieng and Rahul Seedhar.

Kanbis will be expected to parade their new players Rakesh Kahar, AjayKumar Anilbhai Vacheta and Shyam Rabadia.

Sir Ali return to league

Sir Ali who took a break from the league last season will return with a home match against defending champions Stray Lions at Sir Ali Muslim Club.

Sir Ali has returned to the league with the signing of former national team players Thomas Odoyo and Alfred Luseno.

They have acquired Odoyo from Nairobi Gymkhana and Luseno from third division side Parklands Sports Club.

Sir Ali have also raided Sikh Union camp by signing under-19 opening batsman Aman Gandhi and batsman Zahid Abbas.

They will come up against a side that does not want to take chances with the league title if the number of players they have signed up is anything to go by.

Stray Lions have signed two overseas players and one national team player.

Manyala Pranth, Ashwin Hebbar and Indian star Yusuf Pathan are the three overseas players who will turn up for the Peponi School based side and will be joined by Nehemiah Odhiambo who has joined them from Swamibapa.

Swamibapa who have also made three sigings will be away to play Cutchi Leva.

The last season runners up have signed up national team wicket keeper Irfan Karim from Nairobi Gymkhana and two overseas players - Ravi Kumar and Krishna Babu Katukala.

For the first time, Cutchi Leva have also gone overseas by signing Dhansukh Kalyan Jesani from India.

Kongonis who have been hit heavily with the departure of dependable players Dominic Wesonga and Martin Okoth to Nairobi Gymkhana will be at home to play Sikh Union who have not made any major signing.

Ruaraka will parade their two overseas players Varunesh Sharma and Davendra Poriya when they travel to Nairobi Gymkhana.

Transfers, Former clubs in brackets

Nairobi Gymkhana: Dominic Wesonga, Martin Okoth (Kongonis).

Sir Ali: Thomas Odoyo (Nairobi Gymkhana), Alfred Luseno (Parklands Sports Club), Zahid Abbas, Aman Gandhi (Sikh Union Club).

Swamibapa: Irfan Karim (Nairobi Gymkhana), Ravi Kumar, Krishna Katukala (Overseas).

Stray Lions: Nehemiah Otieno (Swamibapa), Ashwin Kattingeri, Manyala Pranith, Yusuf Pathan (Overseas).

Kanbis: Shyam Rabadia (Cutchi Leva), Rakesh Kahar, AjayKumar Vacheta (Overseas).

Ruaraka: Varunesh Sharma, Davendra Poriya (Overseas).

Cutchi Leva: Dhansukh Jesani (Overseas).

Fixtures:

Sunday, July 9,  2017: Kanbis v Obuya Academy (Eastleigh High School), Sir Ali v Stray Lions (Sir Ali Muslim Club), Cutchi Leva v Swamibapa (Samaj School), Kongonis v Sikh Union (Nairobi Club), Nairobi Gymkhana v Ruaraka (Nairobi Gymkhana).