KENYA CUP

Kenya Cup final: Kabras or KCB who will be crowned champion

For the fourth time in five years, Kabras and KCB will face off in the Kenya Cup finals with this season’s edition being held at Kakamega Showground on Saturday 18 May.

This will the the tenth Kenya Cup meeting between Kabras and the Bankers. The sides met for the first time in 2014 in  Kakamega where the Bankers collected a 13-3 win.  Since then  KCB have gone to win seven of the last eight meetings.

Of the nine meetings played, only two have been staged in Kakamega, and KCB have have won once in Kakamega while the other clash ended in a 15-15 draw. The draw came in December 2016 and that marked the last time KCB ever played Kabras in Kakamega.

In the previous nine dates, KCB have been dominant scoring 267 points against Kabras. The Sugarmen on the other hand have managed 117 points in the nine matches.

Kabras 

The Henly Du Plessis charges have enjoyed a fine form this season. For the first time in history they will be hosting the finals. It is after finishing top of the log with 74 points. The Kakamega based side collected 15 wins from 16 matches played in the regular season. Only KCB managed to beat them this season.

Last weekend they hosted the semifinals for the first time in their history where they beat Mwamba 23-11 to reach the finals for the fifth time in a row. The win extended their winning streak at the Kakamega Showground to nine matches in a row this season.

The last time they lost a match at Kakamega Showground  was on February 3 2018 (Lost to Homeboyz 30-12).  Last weekend’s win over Mwamba turned out to be lowest scoreline registered in their home matches this season. So far the Sugarmen have scored 404 points in their backyard.

In 2014/15 season KCB ended their dream to pick the first ever Kenya Cup title in the debut season. The side under Mike Bishop would then defy the odds to reach the final and won the title in their second season after beating Impala Saracens 22-5 at Impala Club. In the last two finals appearances, they have failed to beat KCB losing 36-8 and 29-24  In last season’s final.

KCB

KCB have also had a fine season, they just lost once in the regular season. The loss served as a wake up call, since the shocking defeat to Nondies which ended their 20 months unbeaten run in Kenya Cup, the side has gone ahead to pick 15 straight wins. 14 wins saw them finish second while their latest win came last weekend at KCB Sports Club where they whipped Quins 49-13 to reach the finals.

KCB’s whole focus will be on the Kenya Cup title as they have been eliminated from the Enterprise Cup. The current squad will be hoping to emulate the class of 2005 which won the Kenya Cup title three times in a row. Their away record has been impressive and it will not worry them as they travel to Kakamega.

The Curtis Olago charges have, however, played just three matches outside Nairobi in the last two seasons and two of those have been in Nakuru ( 29-20 over Oilers in March 2019,   27-12 win over Nakuru in December 2017 and 33-6 win over Kisii in December 2017). They were in Kakamega close to three years ago.

KCB have been in the Kenya Cup  finals four times in the last five seasons and have lost just once. The loss was in 2014 when they went down 20-13 to Nakuru RFC in the finals staged at RFUEA Grounds. The other three have been against Kabras, the bankers managing to win them all.

 

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