Kenya international WIlly Ambaka is up for his Kenya Cup seasonal debut when he starts on the right wing during Saturday's derby against Impala Saracens at Impala Club, LIVE on Bamba Sport.
Head Coach Charles Cardovillis made two changes from the side that thrashed Mean Machine 3-47 last time out. Ambaka replaces Iddi Kakai on the open wing with the latter dropping to the blind-side which sees Aluda Beda miss out.
Tight-five changes see tight-head Paul Kuoko come in for Paul Kioko with Thairu dropping to the bench. From the side that lost 20-16 to Mwamba RFC, Impala Saracens make up to four changes as they seek to bounce back to winning ways.
Just a few weeks ago Impala were the only unbeaten side alongside Kabras, they have now soaked in three defeats which leaves them sixth with 19 points, 16 off Kabras. Quins on the other side have only lost two and are third with 26 points.
Loose-head Edgar Obino, Second row Kevin OKeyo, eighth-man Paul Mutsami, and winger Vincent Mose are all introduced to the fray with Steve Juma, Edwin Gatungo, Steve Shammah and Bradley Ochieng making the way.
Sammy Oliech and Eden Agero will be the first five-eighths for their respective sides as Dominic Osino and Samson Onsomu are named as scrum-halves, Lyle Asiligwa is at fullback for the away side while Richard Sidindi starts for the home side.
Opening the wheels for Impala will be Kenyan international Vincent Mose as Willy Ambaka leads the Quin.
These two sides met at RFUEA last season with Impala ending a three year hoodoo to beat Quins 10-8 before doing so again in March 2018 with a 34-18 win in Kenya Cup quarters. Their meeting outside Kenya Cup came at Floodies where the Sarries also won 20-15.
1. Edgar Obino 2. Daniel Ndome 3. Kevin Ronnoh 4. Kevin Okeyo 5. Eric Kerre 6. Eric Kopondo 7. Elkeans Musonye 8. Paul Mutsami 9. Samson Onsomu (c) 10. Samuel Oliech 11. Quinto Ongo 12. Ishmael Mokaya 13. Anthony Nyandigisi 14. Vincent Mose 15. Richard Sidindi
16. Collins Chogo 17. Onsongo Nyamwaya 18. Davis Makori 19. Edwin Gatungo 20. Xavier Bett 21. Edmond Anya 22. Bradley Ochieng 23. Steve Juma
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. Iddi Kakai 12. Alex Olaba 13. David Ambunya - VC 14. William Ambaka 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. Matt Wanjia