Jitters as Enterprise Cup enter semis

Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 04:15 | By
Homeboyz winger Collins Shikoli (centre) runs hard at Kenya Harlequins centre Leroy Mbugua at the RFUEA grounds in a past match. PHOTO/ ALEX NJUE

Battle lines are drawn in the Enterprise Cup with defending champions Kabras stalking Homeboyz in one of the semifinals at Kakamega Showgrounds today.

Elsewhere at Impala, there will be no respite for KCB and Impala Saracens after the completion of the quarter-finals as they face off in the second match of the last eight from 3.00 pm.

Former South African Rhodes Rugby coach Carlos Katywa has urged Kabras to treat the game against Homeboyz as if it was a cup final.

Despite Kabras missing a number of key players who are away with the Kenya Simbas squad,  Katywa believes his charges are up to the task.

“We have no injury concerns and that is one big plus for us. The good thing is that each of our players have been toying around with the idea of winning the Enterprise Cup and as a coach, I’m overly happy with that,’’ said Katywa.

He added:” Some of our senior players are doing duty for the national teams but that should not make us press the panic buttons since we have suitable replacements,” said Katywa.

The tactician, however, rued their lost chance of playing in the first round, saying it would have made all the difference going into the semifinals.

“It’s unfortunate we did not play the first round as it deprived us of the opportunity of gauging ourselves against top notch sides.  On the flip side, we featured in the quarter finals and we prevailed and as such, we want to remain focused from the semifinals and hopefully to the finals,” offered Katywa.

The Sugar Millers beat Nondescripts by 34-17 at the same venue last weekend to prove a point going into the semifinals.

Nondescripts, aka Red Lion, had registered a 36-10 win over Western Bulls in the cup quarterfinals the previous weekend.

Elsewhere, Homeboyz  surprised many, not least themselves when they stunned  Harlequins 24-19  at the RFUEA grounds.

The Deejayz head coach Oscar Ayodi will be keen to maximize his chances against a side that conceded 17 points in their quarter-final match.

In Nairobi, Impala Saracens will be hoping to inflict more misery on wounded Bankers who were eliminated in the Kenya cup semifinals on home grounds last month.


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