KCB, Kabras action as Cup curtains fall

Kenya Cup comes to an end with the finals pitting defending champions Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and arch-rivals Kabras Sugar at KCB Lions Den in Ruaraka, Saturday.

Hosts’ coach Curtis Olago has preserved his trust in his semi-finalist squad where they picked a 15-0 win over Impala Saracens at the same venue last weekend, making only one forced change ahead of the match today.

Big running winger, Collins Wanjala is back on the hunt replacing Arthur Owira who is away with the national rugby sevens team in Zimbabwe.

KCB composed forwards will be looking at playing against a heavier pack from the sugar millers who raided Homeboyz in Jamhuri Showgrounds last weekend to avenge a 30-12 home loss with a resounding 29-13 win over the Deejays in their semi-final match.

It will be a battle of forwards in all set pieces, a factor that KCB team manager Ronney Kangeta is aware of.

“Kabras has good forwards but we know how to match them up under any pressure. Generally the match will be a thriller just like in the past,” said Kangeta.

The two sides have met just once this season, exactly a month ago on February 24 at the same venue where the bankers roared 41-12 in front of a packed stadium.

Kabras current squad is however a much-improved one compared to the squad that lost 12-41 a month ago.

Kenya Simbas and Kenya Sevens internationals have been included in the squad which under new tactician Charles Cardovillis will seek to bag their second Kenya Cup title and an attempt to register a first Cup wins over the hosts.

With it being the third time the two sides are meeting in the cup finals, the match will offer a fight not experienced before despite KCB emerging champions twice.

The Eric Shirley finals featuring hosts KCB 2 against Impala 2 will go down at USIU-A Grounds t 12pm.

Meanwhile, Kenya Sevens rugby team will open their Victoria Rugby Sevens Tournament against False Bay at 11.06am.

Shujaa will later play Zambia B at 2.24 am and Lesotho at 4.36pm. Shujaa sevens pool stage action will then be completed with a closing match against rivals and hosts, Zimbabwe at 6.14pm.

Shujaa is among the top seeded sides in the tournament with the prospect of taking on the defending champions Zimbabwe in the cup finals should the team play their hearts out in a competition where only Uganda features in the HSBC world sevens series.

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