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Kenya Cup week 11 preview


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With six rounds remaining before the Kenya Cup regular season ends, match-day 11 fixtures are scheduled to take place on Saturday  18 January.

Kabras vs Kenya Harlequin Kakamega Showground

League leaders Kabras face a tricky test at home as they welcome Kenya Harlequins in Kakamega. In the last seven encounters, Kabras have won five while Quins have picked two wins.

Kabras head to this after an impressive 38-0 win over Nakuru last weekend, a win which saw them move to 45 points on top of the log. Henly Du Plessis coached side has nine wins in the last 10 matches and will be keen to make it 11 wins to stay on top of the log as they chase a direct semi-final slot. Their target will be to pick maximum at home.

Kenya Harlequins head to this after an impressive 45-15 over Kisumu which saw them pick the second straight win of the season. Quins have endured a slow start this season but being eight points below the playoffs slot, they believe a result on road will boost their target of playing in the playoffs for the fifth time in a row.

Nondies vs Homeboyz -Jamhuri Grounds

The Jamhuri Derby is here again! Jamhuri Grounds tenants Nondies and Homeboyz will square it out with the former being the host.

Homeboyz will be seeking revenge having lost twice in this fixture last season. Nondies have dominated this clash winning four of their last seven matches while one clash has ended in a draw.

Homeboyz wins in this fixture came on  2 December 2017 and 12 November 2016. The Deejayz are enjoying a fine form in 2019/20 as compared to a 2018/19 season.  They beat Impala last weekend to stay third on the log and they will be eyeing a win to put pressure on leaders Kabras and second-placed KCB.

Nondies on their part are just four points below the playoff zone and will be aiming higher to make it to the playoff. The Rangers have missed all the playoffs and last season they came close but lost it in on the final day after falling to Kenya Harlequins. They have four wins from the last 10 matches, with their recent win being a 41-10 over Western Bulls.

Mwamba vs Nakuru – Railways Club

Mwamba are eager to bounce back to winning ways having suffered a loss in Nakuru to Oilers. Kulabu will need a win to avoid falling nine or eight points below the playoff zone. They are seventh with 24 points after 10 rounds.

Their opponents Nakuru are already in the playoff zone but a loss will see them drop out. Felix Oloo will be keen to guide the side back to winning ways after failing to star against Kabras last weekend.

Wanyore have won four of the last seven against Nakuru and they have drawn once in those seven. Nakuru’s win have come while playing at Nakuru Athletic Club and its only last season that they lost to Kulabu at home in since 2014. They have, however, not won in the last two trips to Mwamba.

Kisumu vs KCB – Mamboleo Grounds 

The Defending Champions return to Kisumu for the first time since their 30-5 victory over Menengai Oilers in National 7s Circuit final match which saw them crowned the 2019 Dala 7s winners on 11 August.

The Bankers head to Kisumu City after an 81-10 win over Blak Blad and will be hoping for another resounding win to cut the points difference gap between them leaders Kabras to keen the top spot dream alive.

Kisumu have suffered eight straight losses in the top tier since beating Nondies on day two,  they have lost 67-12 to Mwamba, 31-3 to Blad, 41-5 to Impala, 23-5 against Bulls, 57 -18 at Oilers, 57-26 against Nakuru and recently 45-15 at Quins. Being at home, they will be hoping to get a positive result in this uphill task.

Blak Blad vs Western Bulls- Kenyatta University 

Blak Blad and Western Bulls face-off in a clash that might determine their future in the top tier. Should Blad bag maximum points and deny Western Bulls a point, they will go level on 13 points dragging Bulls in the relegation fight.

A win for Bulls will put them 10 points above the zone. The last time Bulls lost to Blad they were relegated to second at the end of the season and will be hoping to avoid a loss in this encounter. Blad have won two of the last three matches against Echulusi.

Impala vs Oilers -Impala Club 

Impala Saracens are out for revenge Oilers in the loss suffered in the pre-season tournament -Floodies just before the season. The Gazelle head to this wounded after losing to Homeboyz last weekend and they understand loss will drag them to fifth

Oilers on the other hand head to this oozing with confidence having won against Mwamba last Saturday. The travel to Nairobi knowing a win will propel them to fourth on the Kenya Cup log.

The two sides have met once in Kenya Cup with Oilers losing 24-22.


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