KENYA CUP

Mwamba right on course to play offs despite KCB loss, says Wambua

Mwamba head coach Kevin Wambua believes his team is on the right course to securing a play off spot even after they fell 27-20 to KCB in the bankers derby over the weekend.

Kulabu who trailed 24-7 at half time produced a stellar second half display to make the game a tight contest at the end, even blowing away a chance to draw level. Mwamba will blame themselves for letting in an unacceptable try, giving away possesion in a scrum in their own five and conceding from the scrum.

It will be interesting to see how Wambua’s charges react to the loss when they face Nondies who also lost to Oilers in Nakuru in the first of their two remaining kenya cup fixtures. Starting slow has been the thorn in the flesh for Kulabu this season leading to losses early on in the season (Homeboyz 22-18 Harlequins 29-26). In both games Mwamba produced good play in the second half, but started slowly.

“It is a fair result for us. If you look at the score board at half time we were trailing 24-7 and the game ended at 27-20. A bit disappointed on a slow first half, but we were able to recollect ourselves and play much more better in the second half. Our focus is to build on the momentum, it will give us a believe as we tackle the last two games, Nondies next week and Oilers away.” Wambua said in an interview after the match.

The tactician believes his team is headed for the play offs, despite thin margins being witnessed on the log, leaving room for things to fall either way. Only four points separate Nondies who are placed fourth and Nakuru who are placed seventh. In between is Mwamba and Impala in positions six and five respectively meaning no team can afford to slip.

“Our target is still the play offs and i believe we are on the right path. We just have to pick up from how we played in the second half and correct a few errors we made in the first half that gave KCB the much needed go forward.”

The officiating of the game was on spot yet again, Wambua feeling that the referee could have done better in his officiating. This is not the first time officiating of the game has been put on the spot, with many calling for improvement in the quality of officiating.

“I think a few 50/50 calls didn’t go our way and some didn’t go KCB’s way too, at the end of the day the ref is human but i think they can do much better. It is something that the referees can manage and become better.”

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