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Exciting fixtures on schedule as Kenya Cup enters week 9

Friday, February 23rd, 2024 12:33 | By
Kabras taste sweet win in Kenya Cup
Kabras winger Lameck Ambetsa in a past Kenya Cup league action against Mwamba at the Impala grounds. PHOTO/Alex Njue

Matchday nine of the Kenya Cup presents a thrilling lineup of matches spread across Kakamega, Nakuru, and Nairobi.

At Kakamega Showground, reigning champions Kabras Sugar, leading the standings with 40 points and 8 bonus point wins, prepare for a tough challenge from third-placed Menengai Oilers, who come into the game with 33 points, having secured 7 wins and suffered 1 defeat.

Rai Derby in Kenya Cup

With both teams coming off victories in the previous round, it sets the stage for a gripping encounter that will truly test their playoff credentials.

Menengai Oilers in Kenya Cup action against Kisumu RFC. PHOTO/(@MenengaiOilers)/X
Menengai Oilers in Kenya Cup action against Kisumu RFC. PHOTO/(@MenengaiOilers)/X

Over at KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, second-placed KCB, the only other undefeated team in the league with 39 points from 8 wins, square off against fourth-placed Kenya Harlequin.

Kenya Harlequin, having shown resilience against Kabras Sugar in their previous match, are determined to upset KCB and strengthen their own playoff hopes.

In another fixture, fifth-placed Nondescripts travel to face sixth-placed Kenyatta University Blak Blad, with both teams aiming to secure crucial points to solidify their playoff positions, intensifying the competition for qualification to the knockout rounds.

Seventh-placed Mwamba, buoyed by three consecutive victories after a shaky start to the season, host Kisumu at the RFUEA Ground, aiming to enhance their playoff chances with a bonus point win. Conversely, Kisumu, seemingly out of relegation danger, must remain focused to avoid any slip-ups.

Kenya Cup relegation

At the bottom of the table, winless Homeboyz faces a daunting challenge of avoiding relegation, needing victories in their remaining matches while hoping for stumbles from teams above them, notably Catholic Monks and Strathmore Leos.

Mwamba players after a past Kenya Cup match. PHOTO/Mwamba/(@MwambaRFC)/ Twitter.
Mwamba players after a past Kenya Cup match. PHOTO/Mwamba/(@MwambaRFC)/ Twitter.

Homeboyz clash with Leos at Jamhuri Park in a crucial encounter that could shape their fate, while the Leos are eager to break their six-match losing streak and move away from the relegation zone.

In Nakuru, eighth-placed Nakuru welcome eleventh-placed Catholic Monks at the Nakuru Athletic Club, with both teams desperate for a win to stay alive in their respective playoff and relegation battles.

Match Day 9 | Saturday 24 February 2024
Kabras Sugar v Menengai Oilers | Kakamega Showground |
KCB v Kenya Harlequin | KCB Sports Club |
Kenyatta University Blak Blad v Nondescripts | Kenyatta University
Nakuru v Catholic Monks | Nakuru Athletic Club |
Homeboyz v Strathmore Leos | Jamhuri Park |
Mwamba v Kisumu | RFUEA

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