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No pressure in Nationwide final, says Kitale
By Patrick Korir | Thu 17 May, 2018 18:04

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) grounds will be the stage for the 2018 Nationwide final when the hosts face off with Kitale RFC on Saturday 19 May 2018 starting 12pm.

Bragging rights, a trophy and a place in history books will be at stake in the upcoming fight. Both went past their biggest hurdle - of qualifying for the upcoming final last weekend with respective nationwide semi final wins that earned them promotion to the second tier KRU Championship next season. MMUST dismissed Eldoret RFC 30-5 as Kitale shocked home team Swara 12-8 at Impala Club.

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That makes it a feel-good final for visiting Kitale who chose to look at is as a warm-up to next season.

"There is completely no pressure on us; it's all on the hosts MMUST who are more keen on winning it. We qualified for the championship and we are now focusing on the future." said club stalwart Ben Amboko to Raga House

"We will use the final as a test ground for new players we are introducing and different combinations and not to particularly win it.' he added

Coming to the final, Amboko did not hide the fact that they were rocked by injuries in their semis triumph against Impala's Swara where he featured as a front row in that game but picked an injury that knocks him out of the upcoming final. Also out is fullback Shadrack Chuma, Sammy Kimugui, prop Desmond Situma and Nickson Ojambo.

In spite of all that Amboko says they have prepared accordingly;

"We will send a strong team to Kakamega even though we have a lot of injuries as up to six players are out after the semis. We intend to take the game to MMUST's territory. We know that they are a very good side."

Jeremy Chimwani

With the injuries head Coach Ronny Omondi will depend on players such as winger Jeremy Chimwani, formerly of Mwamba, who will be called upon to provide a cool head and leadership.

As they prepare for the pressure-free final, Amboko gave a flash of the just ended season. 

"It was long and hard but we sailed through. At some point the league was married by striking referees. We had to overcome that and move on. Enthusiasm of the players was there and we fought all through and that eventually got us to where we are." he added

MMUST and Kitale will replace relegated Moi University and JKUAT in next season's Championship. 

Patrick Korir
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