Mean Machine are putting in the work ahead of key Championship playoff against Egerton Wasps on Saturday, Feb 6, 2021.
Machine head coach Ramsfield ‘Remy’ Matekwa is optimistic Eschuma will secure a return to the Kenya Cup –set to kick-off on Feb 27- after two seasons in the Championship.
The University of Nairobi side has had training sessions for the better part of last week since getting a green light to resume training.
“We are looking forward to a really good match against Egerton. More than 30 players are back in training so that we can finish the journey started back in 2019,” said Remy.
“It’s a big game for us. We are eying a return to the Kenya Cup. We understand we haven’t played for almost 1 year so we have a lot to do before 6th.”
Machine will be without Aron Adhanja who has since signed for Kabras Sugar with his back-row services set to be dearly missed.
“We have some good players like 'Aaroni' who left for Kabras Sugar but development is the key factor for me. I have good players who will fill these positions the only issue will be getting integrating the new players into the system.”
“People are motivated and focused now that Championship is the only league that is back to playing. We are getting ourselves ready for the game.
A win over Egerton Wasps will set up a semifinal against MMUST in Kakamega with the winner set to qualify for the Kenya Cup. Machine edged out Egerton 18-15 last time they met in Feb 2020 in Njoro.
“Our focus is quarters before thinking about semis. Egerton is a good side, we’ve played them and we know the challenge ahead.”
“Yes we’ve beaten them several times but people have been out of play for long and we know they are planning something for us. We are also planning something.”
The second Championship quarterfinal –also on Saturday, Feb 6- features USIU and Northern Suburbs at USIU.
Saturday, Feb 6, 2021
Kenya Cup qualifiers 1
G1- Mean Machine vs Egerton Wasps
G-2 USIU vs Northern Suburbs
Saturday, Feb 13, 2021
Kenya Cup qualifiers 2
Strathmore Leos vs G2 winner
MMUST vs G1 winner
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021
KCB vs Kabras Sugar