Stanbic banks on Mwamba

By francis marangu
Mar 02, 2017
  • Stanbic Bank's Adam Jones and Philip Odera unveil Mwamba RFC's kit with Mwamba president Alvas Onguru and Humphrey Kayange. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Dancing to the new partnership between Mwamba and Stanbic Bank. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

A timely partnership agreement worth Sh. 3million could be what Mwamba RFC needs to achieve their 2016/17 Kenya Cup season targets.

On Thursday, Kulabu brought on board Stanbic Bank as their official shirt sponsor in a colourful signing ceremony held in Nairobi. It is good news to the club as they push to make it to the playoffs which is head coach Kevin Wambua’s sole target.

While announcing the deal, Stanbic Bank Chief Executive Officer Philip Odera noted that Mwamba believes in their ideals of commitment and progress.

“This is the reason why we have thrown our weight behind the club. The shared focus on moving people forward makes this partnership a perfect fit,” he said.

Alvas Onguru, the Mwamba RFC president said the club stands to benefit hugely from the deal. “It's a privilege for the club to enter into a partnership with an institution whose history is as rich and colourful as our own. This launch presents the coming together of two brands that complement each other,” Onguru remarked.

“The bank could not have chosen a better sport than rugby and a more suitable institution in rugby than Mwamba.”

At the start of the season, Mwamba signed with Modern Coast as their official transport partner. On Saturday, Mwamba will walk to the Impala Club highly motivated as they play Blak Blad .

Their journey to the playoffs starts with this match. They are seventh on the log with 32 points, just two below their main challenger Nakuru RFC who have a tough home outing against Impala RFC.

Kulabu will follow keenly the happenings in Nakuru as they focus on not only getting a win but a bonus as well from their match.

They did not have it easy beating Mean Machine at home before the league took a one-week break. But, Blak Blad usually have a poor second half against big teams.

Competitive second half

They always fight it out in the opening half and if they manage to get the better of Mwamba in the first half, that could set the platform for a highly competitive second half. Mwamba’s intent to win must be seen from first half.

Blak Blad are facing relegation which makes them a very dangerous team to play at this point of the season.

Over the weekend, ASK Jamhuri Showground and Madaraka ground will host two of the top clashes for match day 14.

At Jamhuri, it will be a battle of two top title contenders while Madaraka will be the venue for two teams struggling on the lower end of the log. The outcome from both matches will have a huge significance to the title race as well as relegation battle.

After going for six straight wins, Homeboyz RFC will host defending champions Kabras Sugar. Homeboyz are unbeaten this year and have won against top sides Impala, Kenya Harlequin FC and Kenya Commercial Bank.

Kabras has lost twice this year to KCB and Nakuru. They will start as the underdog against Homeboyz going by current form and having to play away.

But, it will not be an easy outing for any of the teams. Winger Collins Shikholi is the dangerman for Homeboyz and is their leading try scorer. There will be little headache for head coach Paul Murunga with four of his players away with Kenya Sevens.

Even when they beat KCB to end their unbeaten run, Leonard Mugaisi, Augustine Lugonzo and Bush Mwale came off the bench. Oscar Ayodi has not been involved a lot as he was recuperating.

Tanga available

Kabras could be boosted with the availability of Brian Tanga who did not make it to the Kenya Sevens squad.

A real fight will be in the offing when Strathmore University host Western Bulls. Strathmore backrow Elkins Musonye will be coming up against a team he knows very well having played for them last season.

The two sides are currently in the red zone. Strathmore are ninth with 11 points and Western Bulls are 11th with 10 points. Strathmore recently lost home and away to Blak Blad. Both teams have good backs who could decide the match.

Leaders KCB play at home to Nondescripts RUFC who have lost four matches this year. Nondies have stagnated at eighth on the log and have 20 points. They could have Dennis Ombachi and Biko Adema back to the lineup this weekend after missing last week's loss to Impala.

Second-placed Quins play away to Mean Machine.

Fixtures

KCB v Nondescripts (KCB Sports Club, 4 p.m.), Nakuru RFC v Impala RFC (Nakuru Athletic Club, 4 p.m.), Mean Machine v Quins (UoN, 4 p.m.), Mwamba RFC v Blak Blad (Impala Club, 4 p.m.), Strathmore University v Western Bulls (Madaraka, 4 p.m.), Homeboyz RFC v Kabras Sugar (Jamhuri Park, 4:15 p.m.).