Homeboyz head coach Paul Murunga makes a number of changes as he looks to bag a back to back Kenya Cup win over KCB when they meet in the fifth round on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at KCB Sports Club.
The afternoon’s back-row has sensational Dalmus Chituyi and Charles ‘Jamandass’ Otieno while Kenyan international Steve Otieno starts at eight.
Murunga opts for fly-half Haroun Lubisia to start ahead of Kevin Masai as Mohammed Omollo, who has already made a name after joining from Impala, starts at nine.
Several changes made by Murunga in the backline see Kenya Sevens international Bush Mwale start for the first time this season on the left wing while Alvin 'Buffa' Otieno has recovered from an injury that kept him for a whole season to start at inside-centre pairing Kevin Ochami.
According to Homeboyz team manager Simon Odongo, Nelson Sangura is out for the season with a ligament injury.
"Max Kangeri and William Diffu should be back in a week or two from injuries they picked in Kisii. Asena as well in a week or two out. Tony Onyango, Aaron Khalechi and Israel Soi are rotated with one fit to play and the others rested"
"Elfas Etemesi has work commitments while Colins Shikoli is out with a bout of illness."
Leonard Mugaisi replaces Tony Onyango on the right wing with former Strathmore Leos star Michael Wanjala starting at fullback.
The bench has Augustine Lugonzo, Jeff Oluoch, Masai, Humphrey Mulama, Roy Wesonga, Elisha Okello, Akenga and Jacob Owaa.
KCB and Homeboyz are unbeaten, have drawn zero matches, bagged four bonus points and have 20 points in the overall standings. KCB, however, leads due to a superior point difference.
Last season’s meeting between these two sides at the Den saw Homeboyz bag a 33-24 win over KCB which saw them finish top in the standings before losing to Kabras in the semis. Kabras would lose to KCB in the final.
1.Thomas Okidia 2.Philip Ikambili 3.Patrick Ouko 4.Emmanuel Mavala 5.Polycarp Odhiambo 6.Dalmus Chituyi 7.Charles Omondi 8.Steve Otieno 9.Mohamed Omollo 10.Haroun Lubisia 11.Bush Mwale 12.Alvin Otieno 13.Kevin Ochami 14.Leonard Mugaisi 15.Michael Wanjala
16.Elisha Okello 17.Akenga 18.Jacob Owaa 19.Roy Wesonga 20.Humphrey Mulama 21.Augustine Lugonzo 22.Jeff Oluoch 23.Kevin Masai