KENYA CUP

Kisumu boss Howard Okwemba reflects on journey to Kenya Cup

Kisumu RFC head coach Howard Okwemba believes that sticking to the game plans which he came with at the club is what worked for the side during the KRU Championship season.

The coach moved from Western Bulls to Kisumu RFC and has guided the side to the KRU Championship triumph after beating his former side Bulls 23-5 on Saturday. 

Okwemba started off impressively losing just one of their opening five matches of the season. The side then started the year 2019 on a wrong note, losing three in a row.

Despite the bad the run, the coach was optimistic of the system he brought at the club and he encouraged his player to stick to the system that has later resulted in the promotion.

“Our target was to get back to Kenya Cup it is such, a good feeling to be back. Being in Kenya Cup will give us an opportunity to use more talent as we will need two teams. Being my first season at Kisumu there were a lot of things that were happening because of the movements. I remember we lost three games in a row at some point but I encouraged the players to stick to the systems of play and here we are now.” Okwemba said.

Kisumu lost matches against Kisii, USIU, Monks, and Mombasa, They also picked a draw against Western Bulls to finish third in the regular season. Heading to Kenya Cup the plan is to play simple rugby and impress against the big boys.

” Our plan is to play simple rugby and get more guys to play for the team,” he added.

To reach the championship final Kisumu RFC beat Catholic Monks 14-11 in last weekend Semifinals while Western Bulls saw off USIU 22- 16.

Kisumu and Western Bulls replace Mean Machine and Strathmore Leos who were relegated at the end of the season.

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