The Kenya Cup 2019/20 kicks-off on Saturday October 26 with six matches across the country.
A number of players have moved to new clubs, some have renewed contracts while others have left Kenya either for pro-rugby or studies/rugby.
However, there’s been technical bench changes and movement with new coaches entering the show and others returning home.
Champions KCB, as expected, are still led by Curtis Olago while 2017, 2018 and 2019 runners up Kabras Sugar will have South African Henly Du Plessis seeking a first Kenya Cup win since taking over last season.
Kevin Wambua this week added Tito Oduk to his technical bench at Mwamba RFC as the director of rugby while Gibson Weru and Willis Ojal remain at Menengai Oilers and Nondies respectively.
Top Fry Nakuru have since appointed Kenya Lionesses head coach Felix Oloo as the man to lead the charges in 2019/20 season after the exit of Mitch Ocholla.
Ochola returned to his boyhood club, Impala Saracens where he replaced Frank Ndong. Impala kick-off the new season against Nondies.
Homeboyz have South African Jason Hector taking charge of his first full season after taking over from Paul Murunga who coached Kenya 7s in 2018/19 season.
Former Kenya Cup winner Dominique Habimana was unveiled at Kenya Harlequin last month replacing Charles Cardovillis who coached the team last season. He coached Top Fry Nakuru and Kenya Simbas before returning to Quins.
Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad have since parted ways with Michael ‘Tank’ Otieno with Strength and conditioning coach Motto Williams saying: “He(Otieno) went to Koitalel Samoi University in Mosoriot and hence he relinquished the Coaching duties.”
Blad will be coached by Bernard ‘Tichy’ Rotich and Williams on interim basis in the first few weeks of the season.
Western Bulls named Solomon Obiero as the man to do the job this season taking over from Bram Shikanda, who told Raga House that “he is off for now”. Obiero said he looks to help Bulls maintain Kenya Cup status.
Former Kenya Cup coach Brian Makalama is also back to the scene taking over from Howard Okwemba at promoted side Kisumu RFC. He has previously coached Western Bulls and Bungoma RFC before his stint in Uganda with national teams and a club.
2019/20 Kenya Cup Managers
1.KCB –Curtis Olago
2.Kabras Sugar- Henly Du Plessis
3.Mwamba –Kevin Wambua
4.Nakuru- Felix Oloo
5.Kenya Harlequins –Dominique Habimana
6.Impala Saracens- Mitch Ochola
7.Nondies- Willis Ojal
8.Menengai Oilers- Gibson Weru
9.Homeboyz –Jason Hector
10.Blak Blad –Interim(Bernard Rotich(Tichy)/Motto Williams)
11.Kisumu RFC- Brian Makalama
12.Western Bulls –Solomon Obiero