All to play for as Kenya Cup play-offs beckon
The Kenya Cup league phase of the season enters final round on Saturday with all teams in action across six venues in Nairobi, Nakuru and Kakamega.
Leaders Homeboyz who are on 64 points, second-placed KCB (61) and Kenya Harlequins (60) take the battle for the top two spots to final day with the Quins praying for a slip from their rivals.
The Deejays have a relatively easy fixture as they host eighth-placed Nondescripts at the Jamhuri Park while KCB who are already assured of a playoff berth host sixth placed playoff chasers Mwamba at the Lion’s Den.
A win for the Quins who tackle Strathmore Leos and a loss for KCB will see them leapfrog into second and subsequently secure automatic qualification to the semis.
The top two teams at the close of league round will seal semi-final spots while the teams in that will finish between third to sixth will face-off for semis qualification during next weekend’s Top 6 playoffs.
KCB Head Coach Curtis Olago is beaming with confidence ahead of their encounter with Mwamba with the return of Andrew Amonde who will partner with the influential Darwin Mukidza boosting their hopes for a win.
Moses Amusala, Oliver Mang’eni, James Kilonzo and Ken Moseti will start for the Bankers while the bench will comprise of Brian Omondi who returns from Injury with George Asin and Davis Chenge dropping to the bench.
Olago’s counterpart at Quins, Joel Ng’ang’a says he expects a positive response from the side that saw KCB snatch a win right under their nose last weekend.
The 26-29 in favour of KCB result saw the two sides swap places in a pulsating clash.
“We didn’t expect to lose, the players sort of became complacent and that is where KCB came back till the end,” Ng’ang’a lamented.
The Western Derby brings together champions Kabras Sugar who will battle it out with Western Bulls at the Kakamega Grounds.
As it stands, Western Bulls are fighting to get out of the relegation zone and a win will see them remain in the league.
Nakuru will play Mean Machine at the Nakuru Athletics Club while fourth placed Resolution Impala Saracens will play Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad at the Impala Grounds.
Blak Blad placed 10th on the log two points above Western Bulls and five points above Mean Machine.
The bottom two teams will be relegated to the Championship side while the top two teams in the Championship side will be promoted to the Kenya Cup side.
Kenya Harlequins v Strathmore Leos – 4.00pm – RFUEA
Kabras Sugar v Western Bulls – 4.00pm – Kakamega Showground
Top Fry Nakuru v Mean Machine – 4.00pm – Nakuru Athletic Club
Resolution Impala Saracens v Blak Blad – 4.00pm – Impala Club
Menengai Cream Homeboyz v Nondescripts – 4.00pm – Jamhuri Park
KCB v Mwamba – 4.00pm – KCB Sports Club
Top Six Playoffs – Saturday 1 April 2017
Kenya Cup Semis – Saturday 8 April 2017
Kenya Cup Final – Saturday 22 April 2017
-Additional information sourced from kenyacup.co.ke.
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