One game, one win, 80 grueling minutes is what stands in the way of both USIU and Western Bulls from playing in the country’s top tier when they take on each other on Saturday 11 at the USIU grounds.
The Martial had a good regular season, going on to secure the second spot with a win against SC Pirates in Ukunda. Bulls had to settle for third at the end of proceedings but got a walkover in the quarters after Mombasa failed to honour the fixture. This means both teams have had enough rest and time for preparation heading into the tie.
Speaking to the Scrummage, USIU assistant captain Eliud Mulakoli commonly referred to as Mula in the rugby circles said they know too well the quality that Bulls bring with them adding that his side has the firepower to down the Kakamega based outfit.
“We’ve played them and lost all the two pool games and one playoff at their Bull ring. This time round put this in mind, USIU has never had a home semi-final for decades and I believe with the firepower we have now I think we can overcome them.”
Despite the good mood and confidence in the Martial camp, the assistant skipper who leads the points chart in the KRU championship league knows they can not afford to slip; being a knockout stage with everything at stake.
“The mood is at a higher notch now since everyone knows it’s a one-off a semi and we can’t afford to blink at all.”
Speaking during their last home game against Ngong Warriors, coach Dennis Mwanja who cut a figure of confidence said downplayed any pressure on his team saying they were taking each game at a time and enjoying every bit of the process.
“What is important for the boys is for them to enjoy playing everytime they get into the pitch. So basically we are taking each game at a time, playing for each other and enjoying it.”