As Kenya Cup action enters week nine on Saturday, KCB will be chasing the ninth straight win of the season as they tackle coastal side Mombasa RFC who are still in search of a maiden top flight win.
Starthmore Leos who are enjoying a four winning streak will have their flawless run in 2018 put to test by Quins at RFUEA Grounds.
Kabras Sugar v Kisii – Kisumu Showground
This will be the first ever Kenya Cup meeting between these two sides. Kabras comes to this clash wounded following a disappointing loss to Homeboyz at the Kakamega showground last weekend. The Sugarmen will be keen to regain the second spot on the Kenya Cup log as it will guarantee them a direct ticket to the Kenya Cup semis. The loss two Homeboyz saw Charles Cardovillis side drop to the third position with 33 points. They have scored 287 points (second highest scorer after Quins) and have let it 124 points. A bonus will be ringing in Kabras mind as they travel to Kisimu.
Kisii have been growing stronger and after coming close against Nondies, the newbies finally won their first ever Kenya Cup match by beating Mwamba last weekend. Nick Abok’s dream of playing Kenya Cup in 2018/19 season is alive and a meaningful result against Kabras will increase their chances of staying in the top tier. With six points from the last eight matches, the side is placed 10th on the log. Scoring is their major let down as they have scored just 88 points this season.
Mombasa v KCB – Mombasa Sports Club
KCB’s last visit to Mombasa Sports Club for a Kenya Cup match was in November 2014. At that point Mombasa were making their Kenya Cup debut and the Bankers thrashed the coastal side 90-3.
It will a meeting of either ends as Mombasa are languishing at the bottom of the league standings with no single point despite having played eight matches. The side risks dropping to the second tier if it fails to win the final three matches. They have been shy upfront scoring just 34 points while they have let in 448 points. The side will be hoping to earn at least a point before the final day and avoid 2014/15 bad run that saw them score just 38 points, concede 644 and never got a point from 13 matches played.
Visiting KCB are at helm of the Kenya Cup standings with 39 points. They have scored a total of 264 points and their defence is the best so far after having conceded just 74 points in the opening eight games. Curtis Olago’s charges last lost a competitive 15s match in March 2017 when Impala beat them at Impala Grounds. Olago will be keen to remain unbeaten and book a direct slot in the semis.
Homeboyz vs Blak Blad- Jamhuri Showground
Homeboyz won this fixtures last season with an aggregate score of 75-27. This was after a 43-11 win at Kenyatta University Grounds and a 32-16 win in the return leg played at the same venue.
Going to this clash, Homeboyz will be oozing with confidence after becoming the first side to beat Kabras this season and the first team to win at Kakamega Showground ever since March 2017. Paul Murunga’s side is placed second with 34 points and will be seeking to win with a bonus to avoid surrendering the second spot Kabras.
Blak Blad under the leadership of former Kenya Simba’s coach Michael Otieno last win in Kenya Cup came against Kisii came on match day six. Having lost the last two the students will be eager to cause an upset and close on the playoff spot.
Impala Saracens v Nakuru – Impala Club
In last season’s Kenya Cup meeting played at Nakuru Athletic Club, Nakuru got a 21-17 win over visiting Impala Saracens.
As they meet this weekend, Impala is placed fourth on the standings with 29 points after six wins, two losses and 238 points scored. Frank Ndong’s charges beat Blad 29-16 to keep pressure on Homeboyz and who hold the second and third spot respectively. They will be out to avenge last season’s loss.
Nakuru has registered just three wins in the 2017/18 season. Mitch Ocholla will be seeking an immediate bounce back from his charges after a shocking defeat to Strathmore Leos last weekend. The defeat left the side commonly known as Wanyore at the seven spot with 17 points. Last season the side missed the play offs due to inferior points different and this season they will be eager to make a return to the playoffs.
Mwamba v Nondies – Railway Club
Mwamba handed Nondies a 33-0 beating when they last faced off in a Kenya Cup match at Railways Sports club in 2017.
This season’s tie comes when Mwamba is just eight points above the relegation zone and have registered just one win in the last eight matches. The lone win came against winless Mombasa RFC and since then they have lost three in a row with latest losing being a loss to Newbies Kisii RFC. As they host Nondies, Coach Kevin Wambua would not want to drop more points.
Nondies have also a mountain to climb. Being placed bottom with a negative of 14 points, they will need to win big in the remaining clashes to continue enjoying to flight status. They fell to KCB on match day eight and will be looking for a better result at Mwamba.
Quins v Strathmore – RFUEA
In 2017, Strathmore Leos suffered a 72-5 loss to Kenya Harlequins in a Kenya Cup match staged at RFUEA Grounds on 25 March.
This time round they meet a time when Quins are fresh from an 88-0 win over struggling Mombasa RFC. The score saw them overtake Kabras on the highest scoring side list this season. (The side has scored 294 points this season). With four wins this season, Quins holds the fifth spot with 23 points.
Leos are unbeaten in the last four matches. Wins over Mwamba,Mombasa, Blak Blad and Nakuru have increased the team’s chances of booking a playoff spot. A win over Quins will see coach John Mbai’s boys climb to the fifth position. They have 21 points and a game in hand.