Kabras Sugar held their captain’s run at RFUEA Grounds on Friday ahead of their Kenya Cup tie against hosts Kenya Harlequin, Sat Feb 9.
Head Coach Henly Du Plessis said they are all ready for the clash that promises to be a thriller. Unbeaten Kabras versus in-form Kenya Harlequin.
Couple of changes made by Plessis for Saturday’s game seeing loose-head Hosea Ngesa come in for Ephraim Oduor who drops to the bench, flanker Dan Sikuta return in place of Charlton Mokua while Kevin Keegan starts on the blind wing to see Fabian Olando also settle for a place on the bench.
“We’ve made a few changes on the squad for tomorrow especially taking into account what we need to do for this game and what our strengths and weaknesses are,” Du Plessis said at RFUEA.
“We’ve brought Keegan on the wing. He will bring some pace for us on the outside and also we brought Ngesa who has impressed a lot in the last couple of matches”.
As Kabras lead with 40 points, Quins are third with 31 points with a win for the home side set to see defending champions KCB close the five-point gap may them beat Strathmore Leos in Madaraka.
“Set-pieces is one area we are looking. For the first time this year we are going for the formation of 5-3 where we have five forwards on the bench and three backs”.
Fly-half Logan Basson
Du Plessis praised fly-half Logan Basson who has had a fine start to the Kenya Cup since arriving from South Africa. He is seen by many as the brain of Kabras this season.
“It turns Logan’s game management is good. Of course there are certain areas he needs to improve on and we are working on some of them. For me he has been doing what I have always wanted him to do; he’s implementing the systems that we started.”
“Luckily for me is we worked two years ago together where he was a player and I was the assistant coach. It helps me a lot and he knows me as a coach so it helped us bring new system at Kabras.”
Quins are now coached by former Kabras Sugar head coach Charles Cardovillis and the likes of Dominic Osino and Aluda Beda followed him to Quins. Nick Baraza’s proposed move to Quins did not materialize.
Felix Ayange and Kevin Keegan joined Kabras from Quins but it’s only the latter who gets a starting slot.
“Quins will come with the forwards which is one of their strong points and then they will target us on the backline. They have made some changes with big runners in the midfield.”
“ They will target some areas we’ve identified but we’ve worked on that. We just have to stick to our plan, get our defence running and currently it’s working for us we are not conceding a lot of points and it’s one of the plans again.”
“To keep the scoreboard as low as possible and giving us more chance to build the score from our side.”
The match kicks-off at 4pm LIVE on Bamba Sport.
1. Brian Obwaya 2. Frank Kalwale 3. Paul Kioko 4. Hilary Baraza 5. Tony Mutai 6. Patrice Agunda 7. Herman Humwa 8. Peter Misango – C 9. Dominic Osino 10. Eden Agero 11. Willy Ambaka 12. Frank Wanyama 13. David Ambunya - VC 14. Iddi Kakai 15. Lyle Asiligwa
16. Edward Oseko 17. Elisha Koronya 18. Melvin Thairu 19. Roxy Dan Suchi 20. George Scott 21. Aaron Ofoywroth 22. Jaspher Ochen 23. Aluda Beda
1.Hosea Ngesa 2. Max Adaka (Captain) 3. Asuman Mugerwa 4. Brian Juma 5. Hillary Odhiambo 6. Dan Sikuta 7. George Nyambua 8. Claude Johannes 9. Brian Tanga (Vice-Captain) 10. Logan Basson 11. Kevin Keagan 12. Nick Baraza 13. Mario Wilson 14. Paul Abuto 15. Philip Wokorach
16. Geoffrey Shitambasi 17. Ephraim Odour 18. Joseph Odero 19. Charlton Mokua 20. Kevin Kabole 21. Barry Robinson 22. Fabian Olando 23. Jacob Okumba