Strathmore Leos take a cautious trip to Kisii territory to take on the hosts Kisii RFC in the solo Kenya Cup fixture Saturday. The match had been scheduled to be played on December 9 during the match round three but was postponed on request from Strathmore to be excused to focus on their examinations during that period.
Strathmore head coach John Mbai will not underestimate their opponents despite standings wide margin. “Kisii is a team that has been growing and posting some competitive results. We will not underrate them.
We have prepared for this game as we would with any other,” said Mbai. The two sides have never met in a Kenya cup match though it will be the Leos who will have the honours of stepping in the match as the favourites.
Strathmore should however expect a serious fight from a side, which plays to their home advantage; their recent home match saw them maul Mwamba 18-12 at the same venue making the venue dreaded.
Kisii chairman Walter Orangi is aware of the stakes from the match and a win is all he and his boys are working towards. “Leos is a good side but we have the element of surprise plus a home advantage.
As Kisii we have come a long way and we will be looking forward to registering our second win,” said Orangi. The stakes of the clash are as high as being a determinant of relegation and a play offs.
Hosts Kisii winning the match will leave them in contention of relegation survival while losing the match will leave them in relegation zone as Strathmore remain in the play offs cut locking out Nakuru, Nondies and Mwamba once more.