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Five things we learnt from Kenya Cup round 6

Following a three-week break, the 2018-19 Kenya Cup resumed over the weekend with Nondescripts’ win over Impala grabbing headlines. 

As the season gathers momentum, we take a look at some of the lessons learnt from match day six fixtures, staged across five venues.

1.Strathmore are running out of time

Six matches into the season and the Madaraka-based students are yet to register a win.They are, infact, the only side in the top-flight yet to do so.

Their poor run of form spilled over to the new year as they fell at home to Mwamba and John Mbai’s men have their work cut out if they are to retain their status in the country’s elite 15s league.

To add salt to injury, they will have to do without their talisman Elkeans Musonye for the better part of the season.

The Kenya Simbas loose forward switched over to Impala during the mid-season transfer window on a loan deal.

The university side will surely need to turn things around quickly lest they earn themselves the “relegation candidates” tag.

2. Impala need consistency

The Sarries are undoubtedly contenders for the play-offs as they are currently sitting comfortably in the top six.

They started the season on a high, registering three back-to-back wins, albeit scrappy victories.

But things have since changed for Frank Ndong’s charges as they have lost their last two fixtures, the latest one being the shock 22-20 defeat by Nondies over the weekend.

Their frailties in decision making came to the fore against Nondies as they failed to utilise some open try scoring opportunities on various occasions.

If they are to mount a serious title challenge, then consistency will be key.

3. Kabras are on a mission

Six matches, six wins, six bonus points. That’s Kabras Sugar’s 2018-19 Kenya Cup record thus far in a nutshell.

The sugar millers have been ruthless, blowing aside teams for fun whether on the road or at their Kakamega backyard.

Their off-season transfer activity which saw them rope in a host of South Africans is surely paying dividends.

Head coach Henly Du Plessis’ has the luxury of rotating the squad at will and it will be interesting to see whether the South African can help them end their two-year trophy drought.

4.Monate return good for Nakuru

With his transfer to Homeboyz having failed to go through, ex-Chipu man Monate Akuei made a return to Wanyore.

His impact was immensely felt as he played a pivotal role in his side’s loss to Kenya Harlequin over the weekend  when he was deployed at centre.

He should be key in helping the side reach the play-offs having posted mixed results.

5.Mwamba back on their feet

After a rather shaky start, Mwamba have found their groove and are currently on a good run of form.

With Kenya Sevens internationals Billy Odhiambo and Collins Injera now available for selection, their vast experience will be helpful as the side seeks to make up for the lost points during the earlier stages of the season.

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