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Champs KCB to unleash Amonde and Co against Impala

By , People Daily Digital
Saturday, January 8th, 2022 07:00 | 2 mins read
Homeboyz front rower Thomas Okidia knock down BlakBlad playmaker Andrew Gathua during the third round of the Kenya cup league at KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka. Photo/ALEX NJUE

Kenya Cup defending champions KCB head coach Curtis Olago has lined up his top players including Andrew Amonde, Curtis Lilako, Oliver Mangeni, Jacob Ojee for their home clash against Impala Saracens in a Kenya Cup clash on Saturday.

The star-studded Bankers side will also have quality lurking at the bench. The substitutes will include Oscar Simiyu, Davis Chenge, Michael Wanjala and Maxwell Kangeri to predict another tough going for the visitors who lie at the bottom of the standings.

Impala Saracens on the other end has handed Bildad Ochieng his debut on the left wing while the other wing will be manned by Quinto Ongo as their upcoming star-cum fullback Anderson Oduor completes their starting back three.

Impala is winless and without a point in the 12-team competition and will be out to dare upset the hosts at their den in a match the hosts did not take anything to chance by naming a capable squad that will only have Kenyan international Jacob Ojee play his seasonal first match in a duel the visitors lastly beat KCB in 2017.

The fifth round will be kicked off by a 1pm clash to kick start the day with a double header at the KCB Sports club in Ruaraka where Mwamba will play BlakBlad before the defending champions clash with Impala.

Jamhuri showground arena will host the third match in Nairobi where winless Nakuru will be attempting to change the script when they clash Homeboyz in another tough encounter to watch out for as Strathmore Leos will be at Madaraka to give fans a cracker against MMUST in a varsity derby.

The fourth round on December 18 was a moment Homeboyz and Nondescripts managed first wins while Nakuru improved from straight losses to manage a stalemate against BlakBlad for two points that pushed their tally to four points, which is three above the relegation mark-position 11 currently held by Mwamba.

Away from the capital, Nakuru City and Kakamega town will host Kenya Harlequins and Nondescripts respectively.

In Kakamega show ground, last season runners up will be hopeful to avoid an upset against the Red Lions who became famous in the area after becoming first side to beat Kabras at their backyard.

As per the current standings, Kabras has won all their matches with a bonus and will be after maintaining that pride that is only shared with KCB and Menengai Oilers.

Menengai Oilers will seek to collect a seasonal fifth win against Quins at the Nakuru Moi grounds in a match that will see the loser drop from the top four. -Alex Njue