Quins and Homeboyz match switched to Tuesday

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Nov 25, 2017
  • Impala begin their Kenya Cup campaign against Mombasa while Quins will face Homeboyz on Tuesday. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya Harlequin FC and Homeboyz will not be in action when the Kenya Cup league kicks off on Saturday.

The match was postponed on mutual agreement by the two teams to allow them time to go for the funerals of their former players George Gachui (Quins) and Peter Wekesa (Homeboyz).

All the other four fixtures will be played as scheduled with champions Kenya Commercial Bank RFC away to Strathmore University in Madaraka.

The champions will be at near full strength and have had a good build up for the start of the season by winning the Impala Floodlit title. Some of the players who will be back to the grind are Darwin Mukidza, Jacob Ojee and Curtis Lilakho who were in Hong Kong for national duties.

Kabras Sugar host Mwamba at the Kakamega Showground in a match which Charles Cardovillis, the new Kabras Sugar coach described as tricky. "Mwamba are a quality side and playing the first match is always tricky," the coach admitted.

But, despite missing two key players, Brian Tanga and Dan Sikuta who are with the national seven-a-side team, Kabras still has the firepower to deliver at home after a great show during the National Sevens Circuit.

Blak Blad, the Kenyatta University outfit have been drawn against Nondescripts RUFC. But, Kenyatta University is closed and it will be interesting to see if the match kicks off.

Newly promoted Kisii RFC have their first test of life at the top tier league when they face Nakuru RFC.

Impala Floodlits participation

The hosts played at the Impala Floodlits and therefore have an idea of what to expect by watching some of the top teams in action.

Their promotion to Kenya Cup drew mixed reaction especially the United States International University - Africa team officials who produced documentary evidence of Kisii RFC fieldind a player registered with Western Bulls.

The controversy is not in the thoughts of Mitch Ocholla, the new Nakuru RFC coach who says their unavailability for Impala Floodlit and the death of one of their players Mike Okombe disrupted their program.

Ocholla will also miss the services of his captain Isaiah Nyariki and the vice captain Edwins Makori for the tie. They have family commitments while Brian Maina has examinations.

"We had planned to have a two-leg rai Cup on November 11 and 18 in Kakamega and Nakuru but the sad demise of Okombe changed our plans," Ocholla explained.

Nakuru RFC will not underestimate Kisii RFC. "I am sure they are coming for a dog fight. They have participated in the Impala Floodlit which is a plus because Nakuru did not have a pre-season game. Okombe's loss hit the Nakuru camp hard but I am sure the boys will hold," Ocholla asserted.

Impala RFC will host the newly promoted Mombasa at the Impala Club.

In the championship, Mean Machine and Western Bulls have a different challenge after being dropped from Kenya Cup at the end of last season.

Fixtures

Saturday, November 25:  Nakuru RFC v Kisii  RFC (Nakuru Athletic Club, 4 p.m.), Impala RFC v Mombasa (Impala Club), Kabras Sugar v Mwamba (Kakamega Showground), Strathmore University v KCB (Madaraka), Blak Blad v Nondescripts RUFC (Kenyatta University).

Tuesday, November 28:  Homeboyz v Quins (Jamhuri Park).

Championship

November 25: Catholic University v Mean Machine (Catholic University), Ngong RFC v USIU-A (Kibiko Secondary School), South Coast Pirates v JKUAT (Ukunda), Kisumu RFC v Western Bulls (Mamboleo Showground), Moi University v Egerton University (Moi University), University of Eldoret v Menengai Oilers ((UoE).