Kenya Cup Playoffs Preview


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The Kenya Cup playoffs are scheduled for Saturday 14 March with four sides set to square it out for the two available semi-final slots.

Homeboyz Vs Menengai Oilers- Impala Club 4 PM 

Homeboyz return to playoffs competition after missing out last season due to a dismal performance that saw them finish at position eight. In the past few seasons where they managed to play in playoffs, two teams (Kabras and KCB) stood in their way to lifting the Kenya Cup trophy. They featured in the playoffs in 2016 season but were eventually bundled out of the competition by KCB who beat them 24-8. They topped the log in 2017 but lost to Kabras in the semifinals at their own backyard. The Deejayz finished second in 2018 season, hosted the semifinals but Kabras again eliminated them and went ahead to square it out with KCB in the final.

This Saturday, Menengai Oilers will be standing in their way when they face off at Impala Grounds. Homeboyz are currently on a seven-match unbeaten run and haven’t tasted defeat in 2020. Overally, Homeboyz have won 13 games this season, lost two and managed a draw against KCB in what was their last match of the season.  Mwamba was the last team to hand them a defeat, in a clash they walked away in the dying minutes citing poor officiating on December 21st at Railways Club.

Their Saturday opponents, on the other hand, are making a first appearance in the knockout phase. Oilers have managed to win eight games and went down eight times too. They are facing a side that has beaten them twice this season. Oilers have managed only one win against Homeboyz a 26-24-win last season, a time when the city boys were struggling to find form. Homeboyz have defeated Oilers on three occasions.

 Impala Vs Mwamba- Impala Club 2 PM

Impala have been playing in the playoffs since 2016 and in 2020 it will be no different as the side is set to host Mwamba on Saturday for a chance to hoist the Kenya Cup trophy. Kenya Harlequins and Kabras have proved difficult for Impala to overcome in the playoffs footy in the previous seasons.

They came close to being champions in 2016 but Kabras stopped them in the finals in the wet Impala Grounds. In 2017, they made to playoffs after finishing at position four but Kabras again stood in their way, eliminating them 21-18. In 2018, they were eliminated by rivals Kenya Harlequins in the quarters.

Last year, they again succumbed to Quins at the same stage of the competition in a tense derby clash which Quins won 29-24. This time round they’ll be playing Mwamba a team they have defeated four times in the last seven meetings. Impala and Mwamba have played each other on two occasions this season.  In their first meeting Impala overcame Mwamba but the last time they met in what was Impala’s last game of the season, Mwamba beat them 15-11 at Railways.

Mwamba missed knockout rugby in 2015, 2016 and 2018 in the past five years. They have made it in 2017 and 2019 where they defeated Nakuru18-17  before being stopped by Kabras in the semifinals. Both teams seem to be dominant on their good days and come Saturday it looks like anyone may walk out with a victory in this clash.

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Kevin Wafula

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