Resurgent Kabras tackle Nakuru at NAC

By francis marangu
Feb 05, 2021
  • Kabras' Ernest Ngong on the charge against Mwamba. advance against Louis Kisia and TitThey will be in Nakuru at the weekend. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Western Bulls have a tricky match against visiting Mwamba RFC at Kakamega High School. 9Photo by Shutterspeed)

Nakuru Athletic Club (NAC) will be the center of attraction this weekend as Kenya Cup enters match day 10.

The venue will host KCB who have a seemingly easy task against Thika RFC before the hosts tackle visiting Kabras. Both matches will be screened live on Zuku Sport.

The two sides sponsored by the same company under different brands face each other for the fourth time in just over a year. Nakuru has won two of their previous three matches including a 16-5 win in first leg of this season played in Kakamega.

Kabras beat them at a venue where visiting teams find it hard to win. Kabras is returning to the same venue they made history during last season’s semifinal playoffs.

After many seasons of an unbeaten run at home for Nakuru, the sugar millers broke that record beating Wanyore 15-12 to qualify for the league final which they lost to eventual winners KCB.

Only five points separate the two teams. Nakuru has 30 and are fifth on the log while Kabras has accumulated 25 points and is placed eighth.

Max Adaka has been a force for Kabras since joining this season while Lawrence Buyachi has made a comeback from long-term injury to feature prominently for Nakuru. They will be key players. The four Fijians in Kabras have also been outstanding.

The clash between Impala RFC and Homeboyz RFC at Impala Club is a top-billed match for the weekend as well. For the second week running, Homeboyz will have their credentials against a top team.

Last weekend, Homeboyz upset KCB. They are third with 34 points whie Impala and Quins are joint top on 36 points each.

Homeboyz could top league

Depending on the weekend outcome, Homeboyz could find themselves topping the league for the first time. But, they have to beat Impala who are at the summit on 36 points same as Quins who host Nondescripts RUFC. 

Impala has made key changes to their squad with Ian Minjire returning from injury and will start at wing. Anthony Nyandigisi and Lameck Dunde will also make their maiden appearances this season for the senior team.

Nyandigisi will start at center while Dunde has been deployed at the wing. Robert Aringo starts at scrumhalf in a tactical change while Joel Omer replaces captain Duncan Ekasi at number eight. Ekasi starts on the bench.

Kelvins Karani will replace Daniel Ndome at front row, Paul Oimbo replaces Davies Makori at lock and Eric Kerre comes in for Paul Mutsami at flanker.

Save for tactical changes, Homeboyz assistant coach Simon Odongo plans to stick with the winning team but says all players are prepared for any match. “With the absence of our sevens players, we have prepared these players to stand up to the challenge whenever they are called to do so.”

Homeboyz and Impala are the most consistent teams in the league this far having gone for seven matches unbeaten but the gazelles lost to Quins last weekend.

Mwamba RFC faces a tricky away match at Western Bulls. Kakamega has not been a good hunting ground for Mwamba who won the first leg 13-9 in Nairobi.

Coming off a 48-18 win over Nondies and playing at home, they will be fired up as they seek their fourth win of the season. Mwamba has 27 points and Bulls have 20.

Mean Machine host Strathmore University while Blak Blad travel to Western region to play Bungoma Sharks.

Weekend Fixtures

Thika v KCB (2 p.m., Nakuru Athletic Club), Nakuru v Kabras Sugar (4 p.m., Nakuru Athletic Club), Mean Machine v Strathmore University (4 p.m., UoN Kabete), Kenya Harlequin FC v Nondescripts  (4 p.m., RFUEA), Western Bulls v Mwamba (4 p.m., Kakamega High), Resolution Impala Saracens v Menengai Cream Homeboyz (4.p.m., Impala Club), Bungoma Sharks v Blak Blad (4 p.m., Bungoma High).