Kitale RFC hopeful despite the odds
By Patrick Korir | Thu 21 Feb, 2019 15:36

With a full squad Championship side Kitale RFC are a competitive lot - so says Ben Amboko, a player-coach with the side.

The former Mwamba coach rues some dropped games in recent weeks due to a thin travelling squad forced on them by finances, lack off.

According to Amboko, without those challenges, and with a full squad for each game, nothing stops Kitale RFC from making it to top flight rugby.

"In the early stages we struggled with finances but we are picking up together and the progress is good, we are just able to hold,"

Amboko talks up of how he's had to play some away games with no substitutes, games they went on to lose. As a matter of fact, all their away games have ended in loses for the same reasons.

He reckons that with a whole team, such as during homes games, no one can stop Kitale. He gave an example of how USIU came to Kitale and returned empty handed

"We can not only make the playoffs, we have a chance to make it to Kenya Cup,"

"There's nothing much for us to do, it’s just to get a full team and that is it. All we needed to do to beat USIU (21-15) was to get a full team,"

"We are not that bad as a team. I have the tyranny of numbers and once we get a full team together we can compete,"

"We traveled to Egerton with 12 players. We had two players registered who stay in Nakuru and we called them in. Basically we were not enough but we survived the whole game," he said of the game that ended 12-11 in favor of the home team

"That’s one of the games that we lost points - as well as the game against Ng’ong just because of financing that did not allow us to carry a full squad. It’s the only reason we lost the games, not because we could not compete,"

"At least we honored those games. We have seen teams in the league fail to honor games due to finances. For community teams its crazy because of that reason,"

Kitale currently prop the 12-team Championship log after ten rounds of play with 14 points from three wins.

The team will host Mombasa RFC on Saturday 23 Feb in a match day 11 fixture.

Patrick Korir
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