Mean Machine Chairman Brian Bos Obonyo is grateful his side beat Menengai Oilers to win the KRU Championship on Saturday in Nakuru.
Machine, who registered a hard fought 10-5 win in extra time in wet and slippery conditions to be crowned Championship winners, had earned promotion to the 2018/19 Kenya Cup alongside Oilers by virtue of booking that final.
"First, let me give credit to Menengai Oilers. They pushed us to the edge and then pushed us some more. That has to be the toughest game we have played all season long and it was worth of a final. Oilers have an admirable team with a bright future ahead,"
"Osiemo (Simpson), Gibu (Gibson Weru), Mindo and Ben Kamau have done a superb job with that side". said Obonyo.
Turning to his side, Obonyo says "God has been good to us this season. We owe this victory to him. We have finished the season with no major injuries. Winning this title in Nakuru is particularly emotional for us. Our final game Kenya Cup game last season was played in Nakuru."
A 21-12 defeat to Nakuru RFC on Saturday March 25, 2017 at NAC saw Mean Machine go down after 40 years in the Kenya Cup. They went ahead to play in the Championship where they won 14 matches and lost two in the regular season.
Fought and scrapped
"We sat in the post match huddle distraught and deeply disappointed for having been relegated. We also made a pact among ourselves that none of the players would leave and we would take the team back to Kenya Cup in one season," adds Obonyo.
"98% of the team remained with the club. Here we were, back in the same town having earned promotion back. They boys fought and scrapped to an inch of their lives. For 110 minutes the game was tied at 5-5. We scored with literally the last play of the game,"
"This season has been fraught with challenges a plenty but we didn't despair. We kept our eyes on the prize and it was sweet sweet victory against a more than worthy opponent."
Going forward the chairman reckons that the hard work has just began with focus turning to the national sevens circuit.
Solid player depth
"The 7s players will report yo camp in a couple weeks time to begin preparations for the 7s circuit. Our coaches will embark on a massive recruitment to beef up the side. We look forward to intense competition for slots within the team come next season with Machine fronting two formidable sides both in Kenya Cup and ESS.
"We are coming to the Kenya Cup as contenders and not survivors and a solid player depth would be important towards this."
Obonyo finishes by conveying his regards "toward our old boys who continue to be an integral pillar to our success. Friends of Mean Machine who have stood by us and with us. All the opponents we have faced this season for they have made us a better side and KRU. We hope for the same support going into Kenya Cup."