Kenya Cup defending Champions KCB have made 11 changes for the clash against Western Bulls set for the Bull Ring in Kakamega County on Saturday.
Oscar Sorano, Curtis Lilako, Nick Ongeri, Martin Owillah, Samuel Asati, Stafford Abeka, Brian Omondi, George Maranga, Mike Kimwele and Darwin Mukidza who travelled to Kisumu will not be part of the squad to Kakamega. Steve Wamae, on the other hand, has dropped to the bench.
Hooker James Ochieng has maintained his slot while changes in the tight five have seen Patrick Ouko and Nelson Nyandat replace Sorano and Lilako. Shaddy Munoko and Oliver Mang’eni have come in to fill Ongeri and Owillah’s voids.
Former Western Bulls forward Davis Chenge is back to the squad after last weekend’s absence and he captains the side in the absence of Lilako. Chenge starts at number-eight while Rocky Aguko has moved to the open flank with Felix Ojoo retaining his place at the blindside.
Michael Wanjala returns to scrum-half to partner with Shaban Ahmed. Changes in the midfield Esau Otieno partnering with Peter Kilonzo. In the back three, Jacob Ojee, Tony Onyango and Elphas Otieno have replaced Abeka, Kimwele and Mukidza.
KCB are eyeing the 11th win of the season.
KCB Squad: 1. Ouko Patrick 2.James Ochieng 3. Nelson Nyandat 4. Shady Munoko 5. Oliver Mangeni 6. Felix Ojoo 7. Rocky Aguko 8. Davis Chenge (C) 9. Michael Wanjala 10. Shaban Ahmed 11. Jacob Ojee 12. Esau Otieno 13. Kilonz0 Peter 14. Tony Onyango 15. Elphas Otieno
Replacements: 16. George Asin 17. Amusala Moses 18. Juma Derrick 19. Brody Kagia 20. Wamae Steve 21. Mukaisi Elly 22. Felix Wanjala 23. Collins Wanjala
ESS 1. Julius Karanja 2. Brezz Owiti 3. Jerry Olola 4. Mannaseh Oduor 5. Brian Munyali 6. Paul Ombwayo 7. Ray Lilako 8. Jack Adero 9. Marlin Mukolwe (C) 10. Stephen Osumba 11. Edwin Salamba 12. Lukes Obonyo 13. Eugene Sirima 14. Cabrine Muhanga 15. Joshua Mwangi
Replacements: 16. Francis Kariuki 17. Edwin Otieno 18. Yasin Yusuf 19. Collins Ekesa 20. Joel Mwangi 21. Smith Muhoya 22. Bill Clinton Humwa 23. Adrian Opondo