Kabras Sugar geared up to defend Kenya Cup title


Kabras Sugar RFC players pose for a photograph during their Enterprise cup final match against ...
Kabras Sugar RFC players pose for a photograph during their Enterprise cup final match against KCB RFC at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi, Kenya on June 18, 2016. KCB RFC won the match 24-12. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

Champions Kabras Sugar have bolstered their squad with six new signings ahead of the 46th edition of the Kenya Cup season which kicks off on Saturday.

New signings Felix Ayange (Kenya Harlequin), Dan Sikuta (Mwamba RFC), Joseph Odero (Nakuru), Johnstone Mungau (Quins), Armstrong Barasa (Western Bulls) and Andrew Gathua (Blak Blad) will form part of the new-look Sugar Millers side that released nine players from their roaster.

Despite the criticism the conference format drew globally in its first year, the Kenyan league has also adopted the system that will comprise of two conferences, the Eastern and Western Conference.

Kabras start their title defense at home to Mean Machine at the Kakamega Show Ground as they plot to retain their title.

Boosted by the appointment of new Coach John Mbai, the Machines will let their performance do the talking for them following fierce fan criticism after they pulled out of the Floodies tournament in a bid to concentrate on league preparations.

This will be a test match for the team with crucial fixtures against Mwamba and KCB lined up for them this month.

Impala Saracens will be looking to continue with their success in one of the biggest match of the weekend when they take on Ngong Road neighbours Nondescripts in the derby.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Sarries Director of Rugby, Fred Ollows, believes the game will be difficult despite winning both ties last season while describing the Nondies as a ‘stubborn’ side.

Saracens have not lost at home since May when they fell to Kabras, with Ollows pointing out the return of the players who were unavailable last season and the academy graduates will give them the edge this season.

The opening match of the season starts at 2.00pm (+GMT) at the Impala Club between Menengai Cream Homeboyz and Strathmore Leos.

The Leos begin their campaign lacking their best players but have a history of posting strong season starts.

Elsewhere in kakamega KCB will take home side western Bulls at 4.00 pm ant at the RFUEA grounds home side Kenya Harlequins will welcome Blak Blad.

At Nakuru athletics club nakuru will host mwamba.

 

KENYA CUP ROUND ONE MATCHES

Menengai Cream Homeboyz vs Strathmore Leos – Impala Club 2PM

Kabras vs Mean Machine – Kakamega Showgrounds 4PM

Kenya Harlequins vs Blak Blad RFUEA Grounds 4PM

Impala Saracens vs Nondescripts – Impala Club 4:15 PM

KCB vs Western Bulls – Bull Ring, Kakamega 4PM

Nakuru vs Mwamba – Nakuru Athletics Club 4PM

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