Xavier Bett and Antony Nyandigisi are named as Impala’s halfbacks for Saturday’s Floodies quarterfinal clash with Menengai Oilers at Impala Club from 5.50pm.
Coach Oscar Osir named up to four debutants in Givens Onyango and Bravin Onyango who join from Blak Blad, Frans Obudo from Nondies and Steve 'Security' Oteino from Homeboyz.
David Moenga and Douglas Ochako on the wings as Daniel Dindi and George Okowa pair at midfield. Fullback Quinto Oongo completes the back line.
Loose-head Dennis Karani will be joined by tight-head Emmanuel Otieno as Girvens Onyango starts at hooker. Lock partnership features Kenyan international Eric Kerre and Rainer Omondi as former captain Duncan Ekasi, debutants Clinton Musonye and Steve ‘Sec’ Otieno make up the backrow.
"Oilers are a well drilled possession side. They scrummage well too and enjoy taking risks. We will have to be on top of our game management,” said new head coach Mitch Ocholla.
“We have put in some hard yards and expect it to show. There are also some exciting players that have joined the stable”
Former Kenya U19 captain Tyson Okoth is joined by Franz Obudo, who joined from Nondies, on the bench as well as regulars Daniel Ndome, Bradley Ochieng and Bravin Mukoro.
Impala, who reached Floodies final in 2018, previously met Oilers on February 9 in Nakuru where they bagged a 22-24 win.
Winner between Impala and Oilers will play either Nondies or Homeboyz in cup semis. The other quarterfinals on Saturday will see Nakuru play Quins and KCB take on Blad.
Impala Starting Line-Up
15.Quinto Oongo 11.David Moenga 13.George Okowa 12.Daniel Dindi 14.Doughlas Ochako 10.Antony Nyandigisi 9.Xavier Bett
1. Dennis Karani 2. Girvens Onyango 3. Emmanuel Otieno 4. Eric Mutaki Kerre 5. Rainer Omondi 6. Dancun Ekasi 7. Clinton musonye 8. Steve Anthony
16. Daniel Ndome 17. Brian Ochieng 18. Franz obudo 19. Bravin Mukoro 20. Tyson Okoth 21. Lionel lewa 22. Bradley Ochieng 23. Sammy kimakwa
Date: Saturday, September 28
Venue: Impala Club
Kick-off: 17.50 local time
Assistant Referees: (KRRS)
Floodies Clubs 1/8
KCB vs Blak Blad -2.30pm, Impala
Nondies vs Homeboyz 4.10pm, Impala
Impala Saracens vs Menengai Oilers 5.50pm, Impala
Kenya Harlequin vs Nakuru, 7.30pm -Impala