Nakuru based Menengai Oilers are ready to make their Kenya Cup debut come Saturday November 17, 2018 in Nairobi.
They face the toughest opponent in the competition, champions KCB- who are unbeaten since March 2017. Oilers finished second in the KRU Championship after a defeat to Mean Machine.
Formed in 2015/6, Oilers went ahead to win the KRU nationwide league to be promoted to the Championship and eventually the top tier- Kenya Cup.
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Gibson Weru returns to the Kenya Cup this time as the head coach of the newbies. They were promoted alongside Machine who were making their return after one season in the Championship.
"We as Oilers are very happy to be making our maiden Kenya Cup debut on Saturday. This was our main goal 2 and half years ago when we formed the club. We are very excited of the prospects," said Weru who won the Kenya Cup with Top Fry Nakuru.
Oilers have had good performances in the Championship as well shocking big guns in the national sevens circuit and Weru says vibe is positive as everyone awaits the big day.
"The vibe is positive, loads of hard work over the past two years and even more hard work over the pre-season."
Facing the Champions on matchday one is something they couldn't have wished but Weru maintains all opponents are the same and they must be ready to take on the Bankers.
"We have prepared in the best way possible for the start of the season, KCB will be a tough opponent and so are other 10 teams. All the players are fit and available for selection."
"Our target is obvious to play in Kenya Cup next year but we want to punch above our weight and finish 6th-7th. Ambitious but possible. Exciting times ahead," he added.
After visiting KCB, Oilers will play their first ever Kenya Cup match at home against Kenya Harlequin on Saturday Nov 24 before heading to Nondies.