Nakuru players in a past clash. Photo Courtesy/Denis Acre-half

Kenya Cup week 10 preview


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After a 20-day break, the Kenya Cup season will resume on Saturday 11 January with a total of six matches line-up.

Nakuru vs Kabras- NAC.

Kabras will make 207.1 Kilometre trip to Nakuru town to face former Champions Nakuru RFC.  The Sugarmen proceed to this clash placed top of the log with just one loss in nine matches. They are just a point above second-placed KCB who have 39 points.  The side will be hoping to start off strongly in order to avoid being overtaken by the Bankers.

Their opponents Nakuru head to this clash placed fifth on the log with 25 points. They ended the year 2019 in the playoffs zone and they will be hoping to stay in the zone. Wanyore have lost the last three matches against Kabras and their target will be to end the losing streak.

Kabras, on the other hand, will head to NAC full of confidence as five of their seven wins in this fixture have come at the venue. The Sugarmen have never lost a Kenya Cup clash at NAC.

Homeboyz vs Impala- Jamhuri

The Jamhuri Grounds will host this clash which pits third-placed Homeboyz and fourth-place Impala. Only four points separate the two sides and Impala are aware that maximum points can propel them to third while Homeboyz wouldn’t want to let the direct semi-final dream slip away. The Deejayz will be keen to avoid the second straight loss having ended the year with a narrow 18-17 loss to Mwamba.

Its has always been a high scoring game whenever these two sides meet, last season meeting saw a total of 63 points scored as they met at Impala Club with the hosts winning 36-27. In 2017/18 season, Homeboyz won the 60 points thriller 39-21 and the story has been the case in the other matches since 2014/15.

KCB vs Blad Blad-KCB Sports Club

Kenya Cup defending champions KCB start the year at home where they welcome their Thika Road rivals Blad Blad. Their intention will be to scoop maximum points and keep piling pressure on Kabras who lead the log with 40 points.  Curtis Olago coached side has a fine record against Blad and its only last season that students managed to pick a point from the bankers. KCB will be keen to extend the fine run which has seen score more than 45 points against Blad in the last three meetings at the Den.

Blad have had a bad start to the season and they sit in the danger zone with eight points having won once and picked four bonus points. They will be seeking to rekindle last season memories which saw them come close to beating KCB and should they pick a positive result at the den, their fortunes might change.

Oilers vs Mwamba – Nakuru ASK Grounds

This will be the third-ever meeting between these two sides in the top tier. When they first met Mwamba won 27-15 while Oilers avenged the loss by collecting a 32-22 win in Nakuru.

It’s an important clash for both sides as the loser might head into matchday 11 in the bottom half of the table. Both are tied at 24 points but Oilers have a superior scored difference.

Western Bulls vs Nondies- Bull Ring

Western Bulls will be eyeing the third home win of the season having beaten Kisumu and Mwamba at the Bull Ring.  Echulusi have 13 points after three wins and they are three points below Nondies. Should they beat Nondies they are likely to move nine or 10 points above the relegation zone which will boost their immediate target of maintaining top tier status in their second stint.

Nondies ended the year with a loss against KCB. The Rangers had a slow start to the season but rose from the danger zone after wins against Nakuru and Kenya Harlequins.

Kenya Harlequins vs Kisumu- RFUEA Grounds

Kenya Harlequins ended the year with a win, it was after struggling in the opening eight matches of the season. Having gone five points above the danger zone, Dominique Habimana will be keen to start off strongly.

Their opponents Kisumu have just four points, they have struggled to keep up with the big boys and their performance leaves them rooted bottom on the log.

The Brave Hearts are aware that even maximum points won’t lift them from the relegation zone at the moment but their coach, however, understands a positive result may serve as a wake-up call and will help them avoid plunging deeper into the relegation zone.

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