The 2017/2018 Kenya Cup begins on Saturday, November 25, 2017, with five matches on the card that afternoon.
Homeboyz were set to play Quins at Jamhuri Park but that has since being postponed to a later date as the Deejayz will be attending Peter Wekesa’s burial. Quins kick-off their league against Mwamba on match day two while Homeboyz away to Nondies.
We take a look at week one fixtures:
Nakuru vs Kisii –NAC
Head coach Mitch Ochola will be looking to start his life in Nakuru on a high with the side seeking to forget last season’s memories that saw them fail to reach the playoff.
From last season’s squad, Nakuru has lost Dalmus Chituyi to Homeboyz while Coleman Were, Victor Shigholi, Kevin Omiyo and Charlton Mokua left for Kabras Sugar.
Ochola has to get new combinations for his new side against a Kisii RFC side that will be making their Kenya Cup debut.
Kisii put up a spirited performance against KCB in the Floodies quarters and even though the odds do not favour them against Nakuru, they cannot be written off.
Nakuru RFC are favourites to win the clash at home.
Impala Saracens vs Mombasa –Impala
Mombasa RFC returns to the Kenya Cup with their first match being a trip to Nairobi.
Impala are expected to dominate the game and win with maximum points. They are fresh from losing to KCB and one of the favourites side to reach the playoffs.
With Impala having Nondies, Mwamba and Homeboyz in the next fixtures, they cannot afford to slip against the Championship runners-up.
Mombasa must keep an eye on the Italian nationality, fly-half Renalto Borzone who was named the floodies final man of the match while the return of centre Robert Aringo is a boost for the Sarries.
Their fly-half Elvis Namusasi is also a worry for Impala. He was one of the most outstanding championship players in 2016/17 season.
Blak Blad vs Nondies –KU
This is relegation battle on day one. Losing this game will be a big blow to any of the teams as far as relegation is concerned.
The odds do not favour Blad to win this game. Nondies have reinforced during the transfer window including an invasion to the Kenyatta University side signing three key players(Moses Begi, Mark Ongayo and Franz Obudo) and are expected to play a big role at Nondies this season.
Levy Amunga remained at KU with his booting set to be a bonus for Blad in this match and the rest of the season.
Last season’s meeting between these two sides at Jamhuri Park saw Nondies claim a 30-12 win after they had won 29-11 at Kenyatta University. In 2016, Blad 17-5 at home before drawing 7-7 at Jamhuri Park.
Kabras vs Mwamba -Kakamega
The 2016 Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar are yet again one of the favourites to win this season. Just like Nakuru, head coach Charles Cardovillis is up for his debut after joining from Quins and leading the side to the national sevens title.
Kabras are known to be very strong at home with Nakuru RFC and Quins being the only teams that won in Kakamega last season.
Going by last season and transfer activities, Kabras have an upper hand in this clash but Mwamba will most likely leave with points.
They beat Mwamba home and away last season but by only nine points at home. Head coach Kevin Wambua is in for a second season at Mwamba and with Impala, Quins and Strathmore coming up next, he is keen to pick up the all-important away points.
Last season's Kenya Cup top scorer was Mwamba's Humprey Kayange and is once again expected to continue with his form, a player Kabras must contain to avoid a defeat.
This is one of the clashes to watch on matchday one.
Strathmore Leos vs KCB –Madaraka
The champions start away for the second season in a row against a Strathmore Leos side that struggled last season. They far from the team they had in 2015 with coach Mitch Ochola having left after last season.
KCB won Impala Floodlit tournament despite their entire first team front-row, centre Peter Kilonzo and winger Darwin Mukidza being away on national duties as Leos fell to Quins in the Plate final.
Leos are under new coach John Mbai who joined from Machine with his main job this season being to save them from anything close to relegation. They once again lost a number of players to other clubs and have no chance of beating KCB.
KCB won their first four matches last season and lost two matches unlike Leos who went down to the likes of Nondies, Blak Blad and Mean Machine.
Leos were unable to hold onto their lead over Quins during the floodies Plate final which leaves Mbai with areas to address in the new season.
Any team fielded by KCB head coach Curtis Olago stands a big chance in taking the maximum points.
Match Day 2 Saturday 2 December 2017
Quins v Nakuru – RFUEA
Mwamba v Impala Saracens – Railway Club
Kisii v KCB – Gusii Stadium
Mombasa v Blak Blad – Mombasa Sports Club
Kabras Sugar v Strathmore – Kakamega Showground
Homeboyz v Nondies – Jamhuri Park
Match Day 3 Saturday 9 December 2017
Nondies v Mombasa – Jamhuri Park
Kabras Sugar v Nakuru – Kakamega Showground
Homeboyz v Impala Saracens – Jamhuri Park
Quins v Mwamba – RFUEA
KCB v Blak Blad – KCB Sports Club
Kisii v Strathmore – Gusii Stadium