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KCB wins 2021 Kenya Cup
By Eric Njiru | Sat 04 Sep, 2021 17:42

KCB staged a spectacular comeback to win the 2021 Kenya Cup beating Kabras Sugar 28-25 in extra time on Saturday, Sep 4, 2021, at Nandi Bears.

Skipper Darwin Mukidza turned from villain to hero - having returned to the pitch after being sin-binned - sinking in a penalty within the first ten minutes of extra time to hand KCB their fourth straight Kenya Cup title. 

Kabras had led 20-0 at halftime and looked like a sure bet for their second Kenya Cup title win in history. 

However, after a lengthy stop, KCB showed their dominance scoring back-to-back tries to send the game to extra time after a 25-25 score and eventually Darwin Mukidza’s three points from the tee to win 28-25. 

It was KCB’s fourth Kenya Cup win in a row and the fifth they had beaten Kabras in the final, bringing their total to eight. 

The game 

Two landed tries by Fijian-born Kenyan fullback John Kubu, the first a darting one, and the second a corner try, both converted by Ntabeni Dukisa for the 20-0 lead. 

Ntabeni Dukisa activated the scoresheet with a third-minute penalty then doubled it moments later for a 6-0 lead before Kubu's two tries arrived. 

Stoppages dictated the game as Isaac Njoroge, following a collision with Kubu, was sin-binned but could not continue with the game due to an injury. Shaban Ahmed took his place. 

The game was halted for a lengthy spell in the 37th minute after an injury to KCB eighth man Rocky Aguko. The game did resume, finally, after the ambulance that rushed him to hospital returned, to conclude the three minutes to the break. 

Sevens internationals

In the other half, experience carried from the Kenya Sevens came into play as Jacob Ojee, immediate former skipper, and Olympians Andrew Amonde and Vincent Onyala landed crucial tries that led to a 25-25 tie at the final buzzer. 

Onyala offloaded a ball to Ojee inside three minutes of the second half and the winger did well to body charge Kubu to land KCB's first try. 

Mukidza missed the conversion but was to add a penalty to cut the deficit to 20-8. 

Kabras widened the cushion to 25-8 with a try, off a grubber kick, by substitute Valerian Tendwa almost immediately after KCB had been reduced to 14 men following the ejection of Amonde for a charge on Kubu. 

Upon resuming, Amonde landed a try from a quick tap that was converted by Johnstone Olindi to bring the scores to 25-18. With two minutes left, Onyala landed a try bringing the scores to 25-23 and Olindi booted it in to end at 25-25 at full time. 

The final minutes saw Kabras dependable Kubu earn his ten minutes out that played a part to Kabras final fall. 

In extra time, Ntabeni Dukisa could have handed it to Kabras but he missed to square a long-range penalty. And while that would have made him the hero, it turned out the exact opposite as he knocked on in his territory to hand KCB a path to victory. 

It eventually led to a penalty that Mukidza - sin-binned in the final ten minutes - booted in for the title to leave KCB's entourage at Nandi Bears ecstatic. 

Lineups

Kabras Sugar: 15. Jone Kubu,14. Felix Ayange (v.c),13. Timouci Senaite,12. Bryceson Adaka,11. Derrick Ashihundu,10. Ntubeni Dukisa,9. Brian Tanga, 1.Hillary Mwajilwa, 2. Eugene Sifuna, 3. Asuman Mugerwa, 4. Hillary Odhiambo, 5. Brian Juma, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Dan Sikuta (c), 8. Jeanson Musoga 

Replacements: 16. Teddy Akala,17. Joseph Odero,18. Ephraim Oduor,19. Kevin Wakesa, 20.Collins Indeche,21. Barry Robinson,22. Valerian Tendwa,23. Alfred Orege 

Coach: Dominique Habimana

KCB: 15. Darwin Mukidza, 14. Isaac Njoroge, 13. Vincent Onyala, 12. Peter Kilonzo, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Johnstone Olindi, 9. Samuel Asati, 1. Oscar Simiyu, 2. Griffin Musila, 3. Patrick Ouko, 4. Nick Ongeri, 5. Oliver Mangéni, 6. Steve Wamai, 7. Andrew Amonde, 8. Rocky Aguko R

Replacements: 16. James Ochieng, 17. George Gichure, 18. Nelson Nyandat, 19. Brian Munyali, 20. Felix Ojoo, 21. Michael Wanjala, 22. Shaban Ahmed, 23. Levy Amunga

Coach: Curtis Olago

Eric Njiru
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