Menengai Oilers RFC sealed their maiden Kenya Cup promotion after knocking out Kisumu RFC 32-3 in the KRU Championship League semi-final action played on Saturday at Nakuru ASK Showground while Mean Machine are back to Kenya Cup after they put Western Bulls to the sword 18-0 in the other semi-final encounter played at the University’s grounds.
Oilers, coached by former Kenya international and national 15s Simbas and Sevens team Shujaa player, Gibson Weru came into the match aware only a win was enough to send them to the top tier irrespective of the upcoming Championship final against Mean Machine who beat Western Bulls for the first time in 15 aside competition (18-0) to make an immediate return to Kenya Cup after a one season’s hiatus and they impressively delivered.
Playing at their Nakuru ASK Showgrounds, Oilers started well and their efforts were handsomely rewarded with star Derrick Keyoga scoring 12 points from a try, two conversions and a penalty to add on to Anthony Kibet, Aziz Anan, Hilary Malwenyi and Clinton Odhiambo, the other try scorer to seal their promotion to Kenya Cup for the first time with a 32-3 comprehensive win, only two years after they were formed in mid 2015.
Mean Machine’s 40 years of Kenya Cup stay received a shocking relegation from the top tier league last season, the league they first played in 1977 but Saturday’s maiden win over Western Bulls propelled them back to where they belong.
Dominic Mogendi and Edward Maroko scored a try, Trevor Asina made one conversion while Asina and Festus Shiasi each kicked over two penalties to stop fancied Western Bulls.
With Kenya Cup slots now sealed where they will replace relegated Kisii RFC and Mombasa RFC, Oilers will host Machine at Nakuru ASK Showground on Saturday in the KRU Championship League final.