Mwamba and Homeboyz push for playoffs push

By francis marangu
Jan 30, 2022
  • Homeboyz will miss the services of Bush Mwale and Oscar Ayodi as they push for the playoffs. (SNA File Photo)

  • Collins Injera who has scored 12 tries for Mwamba will be missing this weekend. (SNA File Photo)

It will be a tough outing for Mwamba RFC and Homeboyz RFC this weekend as they battle for a place in the Kenya Cup playoffs.

Mwamba are placed fifth on the log with 25 points and Homeboyz are sixth with 23. Their target is fourth-placed Kabras Sugar who appear to have done enough to surprisingly reach the knockouts in their debut season.

The top three teams, Top Fry Nakuru, KCB RFC and Pan Africa Strathmore Leos seem to have consolidated their hold but cannot afford to slacken.

Third-placed Strathmore are nine points ahead of Kabras and with four matches to go, they cannot afford a slip. Kabras who are based in Kakamega are aware of the threat posed by the chasing pack that also includes Resolution Impala Saracens (22 points) and Kenya Harlequin FC (21 points).

Recently, they enlisted the services of Australian coach Mike Bishop who helped to instill some coaching and game management protocols.

The next two games will be equally critical for Kabras because they play challengers Mwamba this weekend before hosting Homeboyz next weekend.

Mwamba needs a bonus point win on Saturday to go within a point of Kabras while Homeboyz will have a huge task of downing Nakuru. The absence of Bush Mwale and Oscar Ayodi who have been called up to the sevens team could cause a dent in Homeboyz’s armor.

Mwamba will miss the services of their leading try scorer Collins Injera, Lavin Asego and Dan Sikuta. So far, Injera has touched down 12 times this season and his absence is the last thing head coach John Mbai would have wanted at this stage.

Aluda Beda has scored three tries for Kabras, kicked over a penalty and landed seven conversions. He will be one of the dependables against Mwamba.

Quins keen to bounce back

KCB will seek to pile more pressure on leaders Nakuru when they play away at Kenya Harlequin without captain Andrew Amonde. Quins will be keen to bounce back to winning ways after losing their last match to Strathmore. Apart from captain Patrice Agunda and Felix Ayange, all the other players will be up for selection.

Total Nondies is sure to sustain their winning touch from last weekend's victory against Kabras after being awarded a 24-0 walkover win over winless Mombasa Sports Club.

Catholic University Monks could start planning for relegation if they lose to Strathmore and Mean Machine upset Impala. Monks (4 points) and Machine (7 points) could find themselves fighting to stay afloat if this weekend matches don't go their way.

Blak Blad who are eleventh on 15 points play away at Western Bulls and a win will propel them to safety. Bulls will want to win the home match and keep chase for a good finish after falling off the playoffs chase.

In Nationwide League, the fight for promotion to Kenya Cup begins as the Nairobi and Coast regional leagues enter quarterfinal stage. Three other regional leagues namely Rift Valley, Western and Central are still on their round-robin matches.

United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) who topped Pool A will host Masaku RFC who were fourth in Pool B. Stormers RFC was runners-up in Pool A and will host Comras who placed third in Pool B.

Technical University of Kenya (TUK) who won Pool B will play Africa Nazarene University who were fourth in Pool A while Impala III, the runners-up in Pool B, play Mwamba III. The two Nairobi regional finalists will qualify for the national quarterfinal playoffs.

Only the winner in the Coast region will make it to the national playoffs.

Weekend Fixtures

Kenya Cup: Homeboyz v Top Fry Nakuru (Impala Club, 2pm), Mwamba v Kabras Sugar (Impala Club, 4pm), Kenya Harlequin v KCB (RFUEA, 4pm), Resolution Impala Saracens v Mean Machine (ASK Jamhuri Park, 2pm), Pan Africa Strathmore Leos v Catholic University Monks (ASK Jamhuri Park, 4pm), Western Bulls v Blak Blad (Kakamega High School, 4pm).

Eric Shirley Shield: Strathmore II vs Catholic II (Jamhuri Park, 12pm), Impala II vs Machine II (Jamhuri Park, 10am), Quins II vs KCB II (RFUEA, 12pm), Homeboyz II vs Nakuru II (Impala Club, 10am), Mwamba II vs Kabras II (Impala Club, 12pm), W.Bulls II vs Blak Blad II (Kakamega High, 2pm).

 Nationwide League

Nairobi Region Quarters: USIU-A vs Masaku (USIU-A, 3pm), Stormers vs Comras (EA Uni Kitengela, 3pm), TUK vs Africa Nazarene University (UoN, 3pm), Impala III vs Mwamba III (Impala, 12pm); Coast Region Quarters: South Coast Pirates vs Coast Raiders (Ukunda Showground, 3pm), Malindi vs Pwani (Malindi High, 3pm), TUM vs Shepherds (TUM, 3pm), Spartans vs Taita Taveta (Mbaraki, 3pm).