Nakuru vs KCB in Kenya Cup Final
13 May 2014, 14:07
Nairobi - Defending Kenya Cup champions Top Fry Nakuru will duel with KCB at the
spiritual home of Kenyan rugby, the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi on Saturday
afternoon, the victor of this tie being bestowed the title of Kenya's
finest club side for the season ending 2013/2014.
While Nakuru may have dominated KCB in
the recent past, this particular encounter is for all intents and
purposes too close to call. That may be a cliche that has been used time
and again but it is an accurate summation of the game.
Nakuru are making their second
appearance in the championship match and depending on the result at
5.40pm EAT on Saturday evening, they will either have retained or let go
of the Kenya Cup.
Top Fry Nakuru,founded in 1933, were
relegated to the Eric Shirley Shield at the close of the 2005 season
returned to the top flight in 2007. They have tasted Enterprise Cup
success in 1948, 1962,1963,2008 and most notably in 2014 when they
pipped KCB 18-15 at the last minute in a pulsating final played at the
RFUEA Grounds on Saturday 5 April 2014. Success in the Kenya Cup proved
elusive for the Wanyore until last year's 39-3 demolition job on
Strathmore Leos earned them their maiden title.
KCB, founded in 1989 and celebrating
the 25th anniversary since being founded, made their Kenya Cup debut in
1989, also tasting relegation at the end of the 1994 season before
returning to the top flight in 1996. They have tasted Enterprise Cup
success in 2004 and 2007 and are three time Kenya Cup winners, having
won it in consecutive years between 2005 and 2007.
Nakuru finished their regular season
campaign in first place, securing a home semi final against Strathmore
Leos in a repeat of last year's final and romping to a 30-16 result to
up set Saturday's date against a side they know only too well.
KCB finished their regular season
campaign in third place and played their semi final away to Lunch Bar
Quins at the RFUEA Grounds, defeating their hosts 24-8 to reach the
Key on the minds of both sides will be
taking the game by the scruff of the neck and inculcating the killer
instinct that earned them the right to compete in this final. It will be
a demanding clash on a physical and mental scale, typical of matches of
this magnitude. The team that holds its nerve and accumulates the most
points during the eighty plus minutes of play will be crowned club
champions of Kenya.
Players to watch on the Nakuru side
include captain Edwins Makori, Sammy Warui,Dalmas Chituyi and Martin
Muita among others while KCB have in their ranks Maxwell Adaka,Oliver
Mang'eni, Peter Mutai amongst a host of players they will rely in their
quest for a first Kenya Cup title since 2007.
More information about this and other fixtures on the day will be availed in subsequent bulletins.
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