Consistency is always key in Championships and in most cases teams that put up consistent performances end up scooping the title.
In Kenya’s top tier -Kenya Cup, teams have registered impressive results on their route to the final. There have been also scenarios where teams put up greater performances in the season but failed to win the title. Scrummage takes a look at teams that have enjoyed the longest winning runs per season in Kenya Cup since 2014.
KCB -16 2018/19
KCB hold the record of the longest winning runs in the top tier in the last six seasons. After a 27-22 loss to Nondies on day two of the 2018/19 season, Curtis Olago charges would go on a 16 match winning run and scooped the third straight Kenya Cup title.
Their winning period was between 1 December 2018 to the final day of the season which was 18 May 2019 when they beat Kabras 23-15 at Kakamega Showground in the Kenya Cup Final.
Nakuru -13 2014/15
KCB’s winning streak in 2018/19 season saw them beat the record which was set by Nakuru in 2014/15 season. In the 2014/15 season, Wanyore enjoyed one of the finest forms in the regular season, winning all their 13 matches to top the log with 61 points out of the possible 65 points.
Their winning streak started with 112-6 win over newbies Catholic Monks at Nakuru Athletic Club. Kabras would snap their winning run by edging 15-12 at the semi-final stage. It was a shock defeated as it came at Nakuru Athletic Club on 7 March 2015.
KCB -12 2014/15
In the 2014/15 season, KCB were also on top of their game. They commenced the season with a 13-3 win over the then newbies Kabras on 15 November 2014. They kept on winning till the last day of the regular season when they suffered a narrow 23-20 loss at Nakuru Athletic Club to Nakuru RFC. KCB picked themselves up and won the Kenya Cup title after a 24-20 and 27-3 wins over Strathmore and Kabras in the semis and Final respectively.
Kabras 10 (2018/19)/ KCB 10 (2017/18)
Kabras went on a 10 match winning run last season under the tutelage of Henly Du Plessis. After beating Machine 41-0 on the first day of the season the Kakamega based maintained the form till 23 February 2019 when their run ended following a 44-20 loss to KCB at RFUEA Grounds.
KCB’s 10-match winning streak came in their journey to the 2017/18 Kenya Cup triumph. They won the opening 10 matches of the season from 25 November 2017 and the streak was halted on 3 March 2018 when they were held to a 9-9 draw by Impala. Despite the draw, Curtis Olago’s charges went on to win the title unbeaten.
KCB 9 2019/20 & Homeboyz 2016/17
This season, KCB went on a nine-match winning streak which ran from 7 December 2020 to 29 February. The streak started immediately after their 19-6 loss to Kabras and came to an end when they were held to a 22-22 draw by Homeboyz at Jamhuri Grounds on the final day of the regular season.
Homeboyz also achieved a similar run in 2017/18 but failed to bag the title. The Deejays under Paul Murunga went on a winning streak from 14 January 2017 to 25 March 2017 when they were held to a 28-28 draw by Nondies.
Kabras -8 2015/16 & 2019/20
In 2015/16, Kabras won the final eight matches of the season to be crowned champions. The side under Australian tactician Mike Bishop won from 12 March 2016 to 7 May 2016 when they defeated Impala 22-5 at Impala Club for the first-ever Kenya Cup title.
They would match the record this season by winning their final eight matches of the season. The run started on 21 December when they bounced back to winning ways from a 20-17 defeat to Homeboyz by beating Oilers 47-12 at the Bull Ring and they have won all the matches to date.
Other longest runs
Seven straight wins
Strathmore – 2014/15
Impala (Twice)- 2015/16
Six straight wins