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Kabras, KCB book home semis, Homeboyz miss playoffs
By Eric Njiru | Mon 25 Mar, 2019 16:01

Match-day 14 of the 2018/19 Kenya Cup saw champions KCB and Kabras Sugar book home semi-finals after securing top two positions with two rounds of matches to go.  

Both Kabras and KCB lead with 64 points with Kabras having a better goal difference. Third placed Kenya Harlequin cannot catch the two as they have 49 points with the maximum points they can pick from the remaining matches being 10; which would put them at 59.

KCB's last two matches are against Quins and Homeboyz while Kabras host Strathmore Leos and finish with Impala in Nairobi. Whoever finishes top between KCB and Kabras Sugar will host the final, may they progress. KCB has hosted the last two finals beating Kabras Sugar in both occasions. 

Quins need only three points from their next two matches to seal third place which would see them play whoever finishes sixth in the playoffs. They head to KCB on their next match-day with Nondies set to visit RFUEA Grounds on the last day of the regular season. 

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Fourth placed Nondies (41), fifth placed Impala (40), sixth placed Mwamba (39) and seventh placed Top Fry Nakuru (37) are all in contention for a playoff slot. Nondies are home to Mwamba on matchday 15 which gives Nakuru an advantage to enter top six may they beat Blak Blad at Kenyatta University. 

Homeboyz, who finished at position two in last season's regular season, saw their playoff hopes end last weekend after suffering a 32-17 defeat to Kenya Harlequin. They sit ninth with 27 points below promoted side Menengai Oilers whom they meet this weekend at Jamhuri. 

Relegation battle is between Blak Blad (10th) on 16 points, Strathmore Leos (11) on 14 points and Mean Machine (12) on 11 points. Machine need maximum points in their last two matches, against Impala (A) and Nakuru (H) and hope Blad and Leos don't win. 

Blad host Nakuru on matchday 15 before end-of-season cracker against Leos at Strathmore University. 

Kenya Cup table after 14 rounds
1.Kabras 64
2.KCB 64

3.Kenya Harlequin 49
4.Nondies 41
5.Impala 40
6.Mwamba 39

7.Nakuru 37
8.Oilers 27
9.Homeboyz 27
10.Blad 16

11.Leos 14
12.Machine 11 

Match Day 15: Saturday 30 March 2019
KCB v Kenya Harlequin
Menengai Cream Homeboyz v Menengai Oilers
Nondescripts v Stanbic Mwamba
Kabras Sugar v Strathmore Leos
Resolution Impala Saracens v Mean Machine
Blak Blad v Top Fry Nakuru

Match Day 16: Saturday 6 April 2019
Menengai Cream Homeboyz v KCB
Kenya Harlequin v Nondescripts
Menengai Oilers v Stanbic Mwamba
Resolution Impala Saracens v Kabras Sugar
Strathmore Leos v Blak Blad
Mean Machine v Top Fry Nakuru

Kenya Cup Top Six Playoffs: Saturday 27 April 2019
Kenya Cup Semis: Saturday 4 May 2019
Kenya Cup Final: Saturday 11 May 19

Eric Njiru
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