After an incredible season in the Championship, head coach Louis Kisia can shape Strathmore Leos' future as the Madaraka based side head to KCB for a huge test on the very first day.
2021 Kenya Cup begins on Saturday, Feb 27 with Leos heading to Champions KCB as Rugby returns in Kenya for the first time since March 2020.
Kisia successfully led Leos back to the Kenya Cup after a season in the Championship but with the 2021 season having no relegation, Leos can build on something for the future and be a mainstay in top-flight rugby yet again.
Leos will be led by Gabriel Adero who has been named the new captain assisted by fly-half Lucas Oppal while scrum-half Arnold Muita will be backs leader this season as Bethwel Anami leads the forwards.
Kisia will manage his first ever Kenya Cup game since crossing over to the management side and has handed debuts to lock John Aswani as well as George Ooro, Shaquel Bosire, Brunson Madigu and Amos Cornelius who start from the bench.
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Champions KCB named familiar faces as they seek to win another Kenya Cup title. Kenyan internationals led by captain Curtis Lilako, Oscar Simiyu, Francis Mwita and Oliver Mangeni make a strong pack presenting Leos a huge challenge in the scrum down.
Samuel Asati and Ahmed Shaban are the day’s half-backs with Michael Wanjala and Levy Amunga waiting on the bench while Brian Omondi and Peter Kilonzo make up a strong midfield. Darwin Mukidza is on the bench.
KCB and Strathmore met exactly two years ago, 2019, with the Lions winning 8-53 at Madaraka.
KCB: 15. Esau Otieno 14.Isaac Njoroge 13. Peter Kilonzo 12. Brian Omondi 11. George Okwach 10. Ahmed Shaban 9. Samuel Asati 1.Oscar Simiyu 2. Griffin Musila 3. Curtis Lilako 4. Francis Mwita 5. Oliver Mangeni 6. Andrew Amonde 7. Davis Chenge 8. Peter Waitere
Finishers" 16. George Asin 17. Patrick Ouko 18. D.Juma 19. Steve Wamai 20. Rocky Aguko 21. Michael Wanjala 22. Levy Amunga 23. Darwin Mukidza
Strathmore Leos: 15. Matoka Matoka. 14. Brunson Madigu* 13. Richard Omedo. 12. Wiseman Aganya. 11. Cecil Otieno. 10. Lucas Oppal. 9. Arnold Muita 1. Gabriel Adero (C) 2. Clinton Khasai. 3. Arnold Omollo. 4. John Aswani. 5. Fanuel Aduda 6. Philemon Olang. 7. Barnabas Owuor. 8. Bethwel Anami.
Finishers: 16. Trevor Opondo. 17. Jack Angawa. 18. Rodney Ambale. 19.Austin mboya 20. George Ooro* 21. Shaquel Bosire* 22 .Mathew Mogaya. 23. Amos Cornelius*