Menengai Cream Homeboyz got their mix right and danced to the tune as they register their first ever Kenya Cup win, a 27-20 triumph over Champions KCB in a cracker played at the RFUEA grounds on Saturday 30 January from 2pm.
Homeboyz outscored KCB four tries to three for the bonus point win to move from fourth to second in the 14-team standings with a new haul of 34 points in the process pushing KCB down to fourth.
Homeboyz led 15-7 at the break before opening up in the second half for the historic win over the tellers, whom they had never beaten before in the Kenya Cup.
Former Technical University of Kenya (TUK) player Andrew Chogo who played as lock for Homeboyz was the hero for the deejays as he grabbed a brace of tries. Skipper Joshua Chisanga and flyer Alvin Otieno added the other tries as fly half Haroun Lubisia added the rest of the points via the boot
Chogo went over from a rolling maul in the 11th minute, allowing Haroun Lubisia to convert three minutes after he had missed a penalty.
Eight minutes later a lineup out drive saw KCB’s Elly Mugaisi dive over to tie the game at 7-7 as fly half Kenny Andola was clean with the boot.
A turnover in the 22nd minute almost gifted KCB a try at the corner but the deejays will have to thank Alvin Otieno whose massive tackle to deny the tellers.
Lubisia attempted a drop goal in the 28th minute but it sailed wide and three minutes on bullish skipper Joshua Chisanga went over after KCB had been penalized. A Lubisia penalty towards the end of the half saw the game go to the break at 15-7.
The second half started with a penalty miss from Andola and in the 51st minutes the Champions trailed further, 20-7, as Alvin Otieno raced unchallenged to touch down after pouncing on a kick for territory by Andola.
KCB reawakened five minutes later to slash the deficit to 20-12 after Darwin Mukidza went over a the corner.
A minute after the hour mark saw Chogo dived over between the posts and with Lubisia’s conversion Homeboyz coasted to a 27-12 lead.
Substitute Felix Wanjala’s drop goal with 15 minutes to time and a full stretch try from the six foot six Francis Muita after good run from Mukidza ten minutes to time, and conversion from Mukidza brought KCB to within five points; 27-22.
But as the tellers chased for a leveler, and points to even snatch the game, it is Homeboyz who looked certain to top up but poor handling right at the death saw the deejays miss on a fifth try of the game.
“Homeboys were ready for us our game plan did not work. We will go back to the drawing board and try and get thee confidence back,” said KCB Team manager Ronny Kangeta after the game