Mwamba eye Impala scalp, Amonde spurs KCB


Mwamba RFC players react after their loss to Impala RFC during their Kenya Cup match ...
Mwamba RFC players react after their loss to Impala RFC during their Kenya Cup match at the Railway Club in Nairobi, Kenya on December 12,2015. Impala RFC won 41-27. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

Mwamba RFC head coach Kevin Wambua says set-piece routines and defensive drills have dominated their training as they gear up for Saturday’s Kenya Cup clash against Resolution Impala Saracens.

The Sarries launched their season with a 29-22 loss to Kabras Sugar thanks to some porous defending which Wambua wants to see fixed when they host Impala at the Railway Club.

Wambua’s men will be hoping to avenge last season’s 40-33 defeat at the hands of Impala but the visitors enter the clash riding high on confidence having opened their campaign with a 48-0 demolition of Regional Logistics CFS Mombasa.

“My boys did well against Kabras; we put into practice our line-outs but our set pieces and defence line was weak hence the results over the weekend.  We have tried to polish on that before we meet Impala,” Wambua told Citizen Digital.

Wambua and his charges will be wary of scrumhalf Samson Onsomu who will mark his Impala return on Saturday.

“Impala are a good side and our games are always worth looking forward to. We are focused on polishing up on our mistakes; hopefully we will improve,” Wambua added.

‘Hunger for glory’

Andrew Amonde (L) and Michael Wanjala of KCB RFC tackle Jone Kubu of Kabras RFC during their Enterprise cup final match at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi, Kenya on June 18, 2016. KCB RFC won the match 24-12. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com
Andrew Amonde (L) and Michael Wanjala of KCB RFC tackle Jone Kubu of Kabras RFC during their Enterprise cup final match at the RFUEA grounds in Nairobi, Kenya on June 18, 2016. KCB RFC won the match 24-12. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

Meanwhile, injured Shujaa and KCB RFC captain says he is confident his club will hold on to their Kenya Cup crown this season.

Amonde, who is recovering from a hernia injury is hoping to attain full fitness and projected his return to the pitch for ‘early next year’.

The burly forward described KCB’s current crop of players as ‘perfect’ and backed them to retain their title having opened their campaign with a 27-0 win over Strathmore Leos.

“I believe with the help of our Coach Olago, this year will lift the trophy yet again since I can see the urge and hunger for glory in our players this season. They will not rest till they achieve their goal.

“I expect the team to perform better this season because they have had enough time to train and played more off-season games. There are new recruits so we’ve set higher targets than last season,” Amonde said.

Amonde sustained injury during the local sevens circuit while playing for his club and has been out for four months.

The skipper had also full praise of his Oscar Ayodi who replaced him and wished him all the best.

“I am positive he will deliver positive results in my absence, because I know he is a good player and his experience will add more value to the team.”

KCB will travel to newly promoted side Kisii where they will look to make it two wins in two outings.

Elsewhere, Kabras Sugar tackle Strathmore at the Kakamega showground while Mombasa host Blak Blad in Sunday’s rescheduled encounter at the Mombasa Sports Club.

The 2017/2018 Kenya Cup will be played in a one-way format with top two teams booking home semis while position three to six will head to playoffs.

All games will kick off at 4:00 unless stated otherwise.

Week Two

Kenya Harlequins vs Nakuru (RFUEA Grounds)

Mwamba vs Impala Saracens (Railways Grounds)

Kisii RFC vs KCB (Gusii Stadium)

Mombasa RFC vs Blak Blad (Mombasa Sports Club)

Kabras Sugar vs Strathmore (Kakamega Show Grounds)

Homeboyz vs Nondescript (Jamhuri Show Grounds)

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