The much awaited Kenya Cup 2017/18 season will kick off on Saturday 25 and five matches are lined up in different venues across the country as from 1600 hours.
Kenya Cup Champions KCB will kick off their title defence on the road. The Bankers have a date with Strathmore Leos at Madaraka Grounds. The last Kenya Cup meeting between these sides saw KCB claim a 50-15 win. Coming to this, the Bankers will be oozing with confidence having finished strongly last season by winning the Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup. Curtis Olago’s charges also had an impressive run in the preseason which they capped with an Impala Floodies triumph.
Their weekend’s opponents, Leos had a tough journey last season and finished three points above the relegation. In the pre-season, they struggled against Mean Machine in the Impala Floodlit opener but went on to give a hard fight against Kenya Harlequins in the plate finals. John Mbai will be keen to see them fight hard once again especially as they welcome the Kenyan Giants.
Kabras vs Mwamba
Mwamba RFC will kick off their Kenya Cup journey with a trip to Kakamega Showground to face last season’s runners-up Kabras. Kabras RFC and Mwamba faced off twice last season in the league and the Sugarmen bagged a double against Kulabu. The Kakamega based side picked a 20-11 win as they met in Kakamega and got a 37-32 away win in the second clash.
Charles Cardovillis’ side has been silent during the preseason. They were however busy in the transfer window where they managed to capture big names that might play a key role in their 2017/18 season. Despite having no match fitness, the Sugarmen will be hoping to start off strongly as they will be playing in front of home fans.
Mwamba was less impressive in the shorter version.They will be targeting to do well in the longer version of the game and they will want to corner Kabras at home before the side gains momentum.
Blak Blak vs Nondescript
The white shirts picked a double over Blak Blad last season. After a 29-11 win at Kenyatta University grounds, Nondies got a 30-12 win in the second leg clash staged at Jamhuri Park. As they travel to Kenyatta University their target will be to start off well. Blak Blad on their side will be aiming for a positive result in this opener. Their boss Michael Tank Otieno revealed that they want to be in the playoffs this season. For them to achieve this, they must win more games than they did last season.
Impala vs Mombasa
This two teams last faced off in the 2014/15 season and Impala Saracens whipped the coastal side 84-6. The gazelles’ aim will be to have a flying start as they come up against a team that is making a return to top flight rugby. Frank Ndong’ has already tested his charges in the preseason and saw them finish as runners-up in their home tournament losing 18-17 to KCB which is a strong side.
It will be a daunting task for the Mombasa based side to kick off their campaign on the road against Impala but they will be eager to give their opponents a run for their money and avoid a poor start like they had in the 2014/15 season.
Nakuru vs Kisii
Nakuru RFC will host newbies Kisii RFC at Nakuru Athletic Club. Mitch Ochollah’s side has been less active in preseason but will be keen to kick off the season on a positive note. Their visitors have had a chance to test their guns against Kenya’s top sides, KCB and Kenya Harlequins in Impala floodies. As they travel to Nakuru they will hoping to make the lessons learnt count.