Mitch Ochola returns to Strathmore Leos for the second time since his departure as Top Fry Nakuru are set to open the 2018/19 Kenya Cup season against the Madaraka based side.
Ochola aka Mojo said they have had a "good pre-season and the boys are raring to go."
The former Kenya Cup champions missed last season's playoff. They lost 29-13 to Leos in Nairobi before going down Impala and Mwamba.
"We have played some friendlies to check our systems which is a great foundation. Polishing the systems has been great and the boys are raring to go. Their best is good enough for the Top Fry Nakuru establishment," said Mojo.
While previewing the match-day one clash, Mojo said he will be without Cassius Omollo, Geoffrey Ominde and Brian Mayaka.
"Those are the guys who won't make it for the start of the season due to injuries but should be back in the rotation in two weeks. Kennedy Mwangi and Walter Okoth are also on their rehabilitation and should be in of course with the consent of S&C and physio," said Mojo.
They face a Leos side that beat the odds last season to reach top six playoffs at their expense and Ochola knows exactly what to expect having coached the side before.
"Leos play an expansive game of rugby with good attacking systems and rush on defence. It will be good to see how we react to a very exciting side who are well balanced across the board."
"We lost the Kenya Cup encounter and are relishing to correct our mistakes that they punished us on last season. It is a big one for both of us since it's the start of a very competitive season."
"Teams are well coached and better prepared for the weekend battles. The boys are eager to hit the ground with a great start. Saturday will determine how well we prepared for the first one."
Nakuru are regarded as one of the Kenya Cup big boys and Mojo wants to see his charges back to the winning ways.
"We are targeting to make it to the playoffs which we missed last season by finishing 7th and pick it from there. We want to get back to winning culture. We will sweat it out with our respected opponents and endeavour to improve as the season progresses."
After playing Leos, Nakuru will host Impala on Nov 24 for the first home clash with a trip to Kabras Sugar scheduled for week three.