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Ngong on a mission in championship playoff
By Patrick Korir | Thu 17 May, 2018 13:23

They are warriors, fierce fighters. Their primary role is to protect the tribe. On Saturday 19 May, the Ngong warriors will be out to do just that; preserve their KRU Championship status when they host former Kenya Cup side Eldoret RFC at the Kibiko Secondary School in a playoff starting 3pm.

It's a one off affair and the team that loses will be confirmed for third tier rugby - the Nationwide, for the 2018/19 season.

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Days to the game, Ngong Warriors are oozing confidence and have vowed to put their best foot forward to defend their tribe.

Speaking exclusively to Raga House, skipper Endro Otieno said; "We are good to go. We have been fixing lose ends before the playoff," "We are not expecting an easy game. Eldoret are a big team, we have never played them before. They have the fire and have everything to fight for, and so do we.We want to stay in the championship," he added categorically

The matchup was set after Ngong ended up ninth in their debut Championship season as Eldoret ended fourth after losing the regional semi final tie in the ended weekend 30-5 to Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST)

Ngong came through to the KRU Championship at a similar time last season after being awarded a walkover against Thika RFC.

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Looking back at their season, Endro said; "It was quite challenging and a good learning curve. We played sides we had never played before and it was quite an experience for us as we came across new moves and styles," he said

As pointed out by Endro, lack of big player base that affected their depth, injuries and lack of finacial motivation and support are some of the drawbacks the team faced in the season.

PArt of their highlights for Ngong in the season included a comeback 20-17 win over Catholic Monks in Week 2 and a 15-15 draw with Kisumu RFC in week 12. The team managed four wins in 16 games and were more than happy to earn seven bonus points from some respectable losses to end the season with 25 points, just four points away from an eight place finish that would have seen them avoid the upcoming survival playoff.

Patrick Korir
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