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Wanyama returns for Harlequins as rugby league action resumes

By Alex Njue
Sunday, June 20th, 2021 06:00 | 2 mins read
Kenya Harlequins’ Frank Wanyama in action during a past Kenya Cup league match. Photo/PD/ALEX NJUE

Singapore 2016 sevens gold medalist and former Shujaa ace Frank Wanyama is expected to cut out an inspirational figure for his side Kenya Harlequins during a Kenya Cup Rugby league match against Strathmore Leos at RFUEA ground from 1.00 pm today.

Rugby lovers are in for a treat in the fifth round of action with four fixtures split in two double headers in Nairobi and Nakuru.

Wanyama, a former Kenyan international, had been inactive due to being tied down by litigation but now that he is back, Harlequins have a man to pep them up as they stalk unpredictable opponents.

But perhaps the biggest advantage by Harlequins is that having been a former player of Strathmore, Wanyama knows the team’s gimmicks like the back of his hand which he hopes to use tio his team’s advantage.

Harlequins team manager Charles Njoroge said he was excited with Wanyama’s comeback and described him as an extremely committed player who is bound to change the fortunes of the team for the better. 

“He Wanyama is an exceptional player and he couldn’t have come at an opportune time when the team wants to finish in a respectable position in the league. He is simply a team player and a matchmaker,” said Njoroge. 

This will be the first match of the double-header and is expected to produce fireworks that should keep fans on the edge of their seats. 

The second action, too, between defending champions KCB and Nondescripts has all the ingredients of a thriller with book-makers tipping the former to prevail.

As for KCB, this will be a grand opportunity of catapulting to the top of the league and especially given that their closest challengers Kabras Sugar will be resting on the weekend.

However, Harlequins should tread carefully as Strathmore has lately demonstrated great character under coach Louis Kisia who is an advocate of discipline and dedication amongst his players. 

KCB will play Nondies at 3pm in a match with the potential of earning the side a temporary log summit claim currently tied at 15 points with the resting Kabras. 

Meanwhile, Menengai Oilers have a tough one in their hands when they face Masinde Muliro University at Nakuru Athletics Club from 1pm while hosts Nakuru will clash with Mwamba at 3pm.

Curiously, the confidence levels of MMUST are high after they beat mwamba in their latest fixture and Oilers have their work cut out against the students. 

The two matches at the Nakuru Athletic Club will be aired live by K24 which is one of the products of Mediamax Limited our broadcast partner,” read a statement by Kenya Cup.

In the meantime, the match between Impala Saracens and Blak Blad has been postponed to a date that has yet to be confirmed.

Alex Njue