Blak Blad head coach Motto Williams believes matchday one of the 2021 Kenya Cup season “might be the time for us to get the maximum points from Suguta Valley.”
Blad head to Nakuru looking for a perfect start to the new season that will feature just eight-teams leaving no room for mistake.
The travelling party named by Williams has Steven Odhiambo and Lutta Anda in the second row while Kenyan international Brian Wahinya is back at scrum-half after missing the better part of 2019-20 uncompleted season.
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Allan Ominde is at fly-half with Lionel Ajeliti set to come off the bench alongside Marshal Mutai, Jared Odhiambo and Calvin Nyausi among others.
“We have always come close whenever we play against Nakuru especially in the last three seasons,” said Williams.
“I believe the boys have worked hard and earned the jersey, they have given their best in preparations despite the short pre-season. The first game of the season especially after a long off-season can go either way; it only depends on who will blink first and who will want it more.”
Hosts Nakuru have backs coach Simon Wariuki as the acting Coach assisted by long time mnyore Edwin Makori as forwards coach since Felix Oloo is in Spain with Kenya Lionesses.
Crispin Onyango starts at fullback, Samuel Mwaura and Don Oluoch as half-backs while John Okoth and Brian Kimani will be the day’s midfielders.
The back row is made up of Felix Okoth, Kelvin Kabole and Edwin Makori with the likes of Cliff Amaya and Elvis Olukusi starting from the bench.
Top Fry Nakuru: 15.Crispin Onyango 14.Hannington Wabwire. 13.John Okoth 12.Brian Kimani 11.Cassius Omollo 10.Samuel Mwaura 9.Donald Oluoch 1.Gideon Mbithi 2. Emmanuel Mboya 3. Mike Mare 4. Ken Mwangi 5. Moses Okendo 6. Felix Okoth 7. Kelvin Kabole 8. Edwin Makori
Finishers: 16. Edwin Anunda 17. Newton Okeyo 18. Felix Oleche 19.Elvis Olukusi 20. Cliff Amaya 21. Fredrick Odongo 22.Victor Matiko 23. Jenkins Kipruto
Blak Blad: 15.Kelvin Gathu 14. Khwesa Huku 13. Stormy Dickens 12.David Ochieng 11.Sammy Okal 10.Allan Ominde 9.Brian Wahinya 1.Humphrey Litali 2.Edwin Mutoka 3.Collins Obure 4.Lutta Anda 5.Steven Odhiambo 6.Dennis Opiyo 7. Sheldon Kahi 8.Ian Obukwa
Finishers: 16. Lincoln Njogu 17.Nicholas Okullo 18.Brian Kidaki 19.David Kinyua 19.Calvin Nyausi 20.Arthur Wanda 21. Ajeliti Lionel 22.Marshal Mutai 23.Jared Odhiambo