'Underdogs' Kabras stun Impala and rain to win maiden Kenya Cup

By francis marangu
May 07, 2021
  • Fijian Apensia Natabua put his ball carrying skills into good use for Kabras against Impala. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kabras Sugar finally got past last season’s frustrations and won their maiden Kenya Cup title after beating Impala RFC 22-5 at a flooded Impala ground on Saturday.

The 2015 losing finalist were at their best dominating play from start to the end. The heavy downpour that hit the city in late hours of the afternoon seemed not to have worked against their play.

“Both teams were affected by the weather,” Kabras captain Maxwell Adaka who was substituted in second half said. Adaka added that it's all because of God that they won when they were viewed as underdogs all along.

“This morning, we went to church for prayers and this win is because of that.” When Sports News Arena spoke to assistant coach Anthony Ogot on Friday, he hinted at forcing Impala into making mistakes as one of their game plans. They did exactly that drawing two penalties in the opening 15 minutes and five for the whole match.

Kabras was evidently the stronger side at the scrum but lost key possession at the lineout mostly in second half. Fabian Olando gave the sugar millers a 3-0 lead with four minutes played from a penalty.

Three minutes later, it was try time as Brian Tanga touched down to make it 8-0. Scrumhalf Edwin Achayo gained possession at the halfline and dummied for a break on the left wing before offloading to Tanga. He evaded a tackle from Ian Minjire on his way to score.

Impala panicked

Impala appeared to have panicked and allowed Kabras to enjoy more territory. Fijian Apensia Natabua put his ball carrying skills into good use while fellow countryman Jone Kubu kicked for territory.

George Okowa missed a penalty attempt for Impala in the eighth minute with Olando kicking over for Kabras in the 16th minute for 11-0. Okowa missed again in the 23rd minute and Olando missed his third attempt in the 34th.

Minutes to halftime, Natabua was sent to the sin bin and Impala scored through Samson Onsomu from the ensuing scrum for 11-5 going to the breather.

Kabras started second half a man less but that did not deter them. Ogot touched down from a maul in the 44th minute with Olando adding two more penalties to seal the historic win.

Play in second half was slowed by the water-logged pitch but it's Kabras who capitalized on that heavily.

Kenya Harlequin FC won the third-place playoff beating Kenya Commercial Bank 36-25 while Impala II beat Kabras II 19-11 to win Eric Shirley Shield.

Catholic University Monks won Nationwide with a 15-8 win over United States International University- Africa (USIU-A).