At the end of the 2019 Kenya Cup matches, Western Bulls were sitting five points above the danger zone and they were placed ninth on the log.
In the opening nine games, the side had collected 13 points thanks to wins over Kenya Harlequins, Mwamba and Kisumu. The story was different in the second leg as they lost six times in a row and a 56-6 home loss to Homeboyz locked them out of the 2020/21 season.
The Club’s captain Teddy Akala pins their dismal run in 2020 to fatigue, lack of depth and lack consistency.
“Consistency and maybe mental focus cost us. We played well in the first leg guys had the will. I guess fatigue checked in during the second the leg and we did not have the depth. In fact, we lost all our games in the second leg,” Akala told Scrummage.
Though they couldn’t achieve their survival target, Akala believes that they picked vital lesson and got their youngsters exposed against top teams. He is confident that the lessons will be important when they launch their hunt for a ticket back to Kenya Cup.
“We picked up some good lessons our younger players got exposure from the top tier. And that’s all it takes going back to the second tier,” he stated.
Akala who has been one of the dependable players in Western Bulls squad says he enjoyed every moment he featured for the side in the 2019/20 season. Staging a comeback to beat Kenya Harlequins 21-19 at RFUEA Grounds remains his best moment of the season.
“What I will live to remember personally is I enjoyed the season and the comeback against Quins in the first leg from 19-0 down that is something I had never experienced for a long time,” he added.
He concluded by thanking the fans for the support accorded to them in the just-concluded season and promised that Echulusi will bounce back stronger.
“Bulls will be back even stronger that’s all I can say for now. I really appreciate everyone who supported us. The time they sacrificed and we could not do this without them that something we can never repay.”
Western Bulls ended the season with 11 points after they were deducted two points for failing to honour the clash against Nakuru on the final day of the regular season.