Mean Machine’s 23-man squad to face UoE Trojans in the first round of the inaugural Varsity League was named on Thursday with Shadon Munoko set to skipper the side at UoN grounds.
Head Coach Ramsfield Matekwa and his assistant Okech Owino named regulars Marvin Karungii and Bruce Odhiambo as half-backs while Trevor Asina is at fullback.
Fresh from the national sevens circuit, Samwel Meja starts at open-side as Alfred Orege and Victor Shaviya start on the wings. Forward-line has Ian Wando, Adams Mugo, Ben Mwangi as props while Lewis Simiyu and Dominic Mogendi complete the second row.
The Varsity League features eight sides and will be played in three match days before heading to semis and final between Sep 29 and October 27.
Speaking to Raga House earlier this week, Munoko said they are not aware of the threat to be posed by UoE but they are ready for anything.
"We played them in the championship last season and won 43-3 but that was back then. This year we don't know what they bring on board and we won't underestimate them.”
Aron Otieno, Bob Otieno, Antony Abonyo, Nimroid Tsitsaga and Clinton Owe are among those set to come off the bench.
The Machine-Trojans clash will be at 2pm after matches between Catholic Monks and TUK and Egerton Wasps vs TUM Marines at 10am and 12pm respectively.
The last match of the day will be between Kenya Cup side Blak Blad and JKUAT at 4pm.
1)Ian Wando 2)Adams Mugo 3)Ben Mwangi 4)Lewis Simiyu 5)Dominic Mogendi 6)Daniel Oluoch 7)Samwel Meja 8)Shadon Munoko(C) 9)Marvin Karungii 10)Bruce Odhiambo 11)Alfred Orege 12)Edwin Waithaka* 13)Festus Shiasi 14)Victor Shaviya 15)Trevor Asina
16)Collins Otieno 17)Ken Mutuku 18)Cornel Omondi 19)Zack Ondijo* 20) Aron Otieno 21) Antony Abonyo 22) Bob Otieno 23) Clinton Owe 24) James Oluoch 25) Nimroid Tsitsaga
Varsity League Pooling
Pool A: Blak Blad, Egerton Wasps, JKUAT Cougars, TUM Marines
Pool B: Mean Machine, Catholic Monks, Uoe Trojans, TUK Mustangz
Matchday 1: Sep 27, 2018 at UoN Grounds
10am: Catholic Monks vs TUK
12pm: Egerton Wasps vs TUM Marines
2pm: Mean Machine vs UOE Trojans
4pm: Blad vs JKUAT