Nakuru RFC and Homeboyz are set to renew their rivalry in the first match of Impala Floodies on Saturday October 13, 2018 at Impala Club starting 2.30pm.
A number of players have played for both sides with this clash expected to light up Impala Club on Saturday afternoon. There will also be new faces appearing such as that of former Western Bulls fullback Dancan Abuyeka at the Nakuru.
One man whose move to Homeboyz did not materialize is Churchill Ooko. He has now joined his former Strathmore Leos coach Mitch Ochola at Nakuru and thrown straight to the pan. Ooko starts at on the right wing as he looks to revive his bright future.
“He (Ooko) has been training with us for the last three weeks,” said Ochola who believes Homeboyz “are a good side and we respect that. We have to bring our A game to topple them.”
Nakuru will face their former half back Henry Ayah who has returned to Homeboyz after a two-year loan spell at Suguta Valley.
“Ayah has a great boot and attack instinct,” added Ochola.
Donald Aluoch will skipper Nakuru as Collins Onyango starts at fly-half, Dancan Abuyeka at fullback while hooker John Mbugua will deputise Aluoch.
Former Nakuru backrower and Kenya Simbas international Dalmus Chituyi is available to face his former side as Homeboyz head coach Paul Murunga has named him to start from the bench.
Emmanuel Mavala, Steve ‘Security’ Otieno, Polycarp Odhiambo, Thomas Okidia and William Diffu join Simbas scrum-half Mohamed Omolo and fly-half Evin Asena in the rest of Homeboyz squad.
Jan Remke, Victor ‘Don’ Odhiambo, Paul Akatch and Mike Nyakundi get their first senior debuts while Amalemba is up for his maiden appearance.
Nakuru RFC Starting line-up
1.Dennis Abenga 2. John Mbugua (Vice Captain) 3. James Njenga 4. Beavon Mboya 5. Dan Githanga 6. Edwin Anunda 7. Joel Kibaba 8. Charles Odongo 9. Donald Aluoch (Captain) 10. Collins Onyango 11. Crispin Onyango 12. George Kimani 13. Brian Mayaka 14. Churchill Ooko 15. Dancan Abuyeka
16. Emmanuel Mboya 17. Davis Gwadas 18. Gibson Mugwe 19. Moses Okendo 20. Ignatius Gichure 21. Boniface Macharia 22. Tyson Asiago 23. Paul Lusesi
Homeboyz RFC Starting line-up
1.Thomas Okidia 2.Amalemba 3.Kelly Akenga 4.Polycarp Odhiambo 5.Roy Wesonga 6.Emmanuel Mavala 7.Stanley Isogol 8.Steve Otieno 9.Moha Omollo 10.Evin Asena 11.Vitcor Odhiambo 12.William Diffu 13.Jan Remke 14.Collins Shikoli 15.Henry Ayah
16.Bruce Shiemi 17.Patrick Ouko 18.Philip Ikambili 19.Akatch 20.Dalmus Chituyi 21.Nyakundi 22.Zedden Marrow 23.Max Kangeri