Nakuru and Strathmore are Top Seeds For Nakuru Tens

Apr 06, 2021
  • Nakuru are top seeds for Menengai Great Rfit 10-aside.(Photo:File)

Hosts Nakuru RFC and Strathmore University are the top seeds for the Menengai Oil Great Rift Ten-a-side tournament which will be played at the nakuru Athletic Club on Easter weekend.

This year, only 16 teams went into the draw after the organizers decided that it was not wise to have a competitive tournament unless the second pitch which is still under construction was ready.

Nakuru and Strathmore University shared the trophy last year after drawing 12-12 and play was discontinued because of fading light. Kenya Cup league leaders Kenya Harlequin FC and Homeboyz lead Pools C and D respectively.

Schools action starts on Friday. Among the teams expected to participate include Nakuru High School, Kakamega, Alliance, St. Mary’s and Maseno. There is only one foreign team in the two-day tournament which starts on Saturday.

That is Rwanda’s Lions de Fer who have been drawn in Pool A. The team features five players who were part of the Rwandese team that took part in the recent Hong Kong 10s.

They have have named a fifteen man travelling party for the tournament. The Leons de Fer was formed in 2004 and won their country's national fifteens title the same year, retaining it in 2005.

Club Secretary Jean de la Paix is relishing the visit to Nakuru, saying that it will be good exposure for his team when they compete against established sides from Kenya.

The squad: Pappy Olivier Nikwigize, Nsengimana Felix, Cambara Koko Marcel, Olivier Uwamahoro, Jean Leonard Twiziyimana, Seraphin Mwiseneza, David Bimenyimana, Yannick Sangwa, Umuhire Victoir, Roger Uwimana, Hategekimana Felix, Laurent Sindayigaya, Murindahabi Idrissa, Emmanuel Mutangana.

The draw Pool A: Nakuru, Machine, Nondies, Lions de Fer Pool B: Strathmore, Mwamba, KCA,Eldoret Pool C: Quins, KCB, Blak Blad, Egerton Pool D: Homeboyz,Impala, Western Bulls,USIU-A Order of play Nakuru v Nondies (8.30), Mean Machine v Lions de Fer (8.55), Strathmore v KCA (9.20), Mwamba v Eldoret (9.45), Quins v Blak Blad (10.10), KCB v Egerton (10.35), Homeboyz v Western Bulls (11.00), Impala v USIU-A (11.25), Nakuru v Lions de Fer (11.50), Mean machine v Nondies (12.10), Strathmore v Eldoret (12.40), Mwamba v KCA (1.05), KCB v Blak Blad (1.55), Homeboyz v USIU-A (2.20), Impala v Western Bulls (2.45), Nondies v Lions de Fer (3.10), KCA v Eldoret (3.35), Blak Blad v Egerton (4.00), Western Bukks v USIU-A (4.25), Nakuru v Mean Machine (4.50), Strathmore v Mwamba (5.15), Quins v KCB (5.40), Homeboyz v Impala (6.05).

 

Eric Odanga

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Additional reporting by Kru