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Nondies end bankers’ 20-month unbeaten run as new boys Oilers shock Harlequins, Kabras go top

KCB head coach Curtis Olago has blamed complacency for their unexpected 27-22 loss to Nondescripts that brought to an end their 20-month unbeaten Kenya Cup run on Saturday.

The bankers won last season’s title with an enviable record, going the entire campaign without defeat and had hoped to do it again this season but their bubble was burst by a hungry Nondies, leaving Olago scratching his head for answers.

“Losses are meant to open your eyes. We just have to be honest with each other, the playing group and the technical bench. To be honest with each other and say we lost this game honestly and we will pick it up from there,” said Olago, who last tasted defeat on March 11, 2017 when Impala Saracens edged them 27-24.

He added: “We just did not keep Nondies under pressure and so it gave them a chance to punish us.”

KCB blew away a 22-15 half-time lead to lose to the Red Lions in what was just the second game of the new season and Nondies coach Willis Oja says the win proves his team is headed in the right direction after struggling in recent years.

“This is the second match we are coming from behind. My players knew where we were last week so they dug deep and continued from where we left. We are just taking it one game at a time,” said Oja popularly known as ‘Foxy’.

The other shock of the weekend was witnessed at ASK Nakuru grounds where new boys Menengai Oilers beat Kenya Harlequins 14-8.

It was a good weekend for newly-promoted teams as Mean Machine also picked up a first victory of the season, beating Strathmore Leos 23-10 at Ruaraka griunds.

Mwamba, Nakuru and Blak Blad registered home defeats as visiting Kabras returned to Kakamega with five points to assume the league leadership with 10 points.

Homeboyz came off a loss to Nondies to beat Mwamba 22-18 at Railways Club, Nakuru lost 22-26 to visiting Impala at the Athletics Club while Blak Blad suffered a 37-10 loss to Kabras.

Mwamba picked their second losing bonus from the loss same as Nakuru to raise their tally to five points as Blak Blad and Strathmore are tied bottom with a point each.

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