Kenya Harlequin are leaving nothing to chance by naming a strong 23-man squad for the first round of the Enterprise Cup against Championship side Ngong Warriors at RFUEA Grounds.
Ugandan international George Scott Oluoch starts at number 8 replacing Peter Misango from last weekend’s derby win over Impala Saracens while fly-half Matt Wanjia is in for Eden Agero.
The backline has Willy Ambaka and Jasper Ochen at midfield, Lyle Asiligwa at fullback while Aluda Beda and Frank Wanyama on either wings.
“We are treating them(Ngong) like a top division side. We won’t take them for granted. They will come at us hard, hoping to take a big scalp. No one expects them to win, which is dangerous,” said head coach Charles Cardovillis.
Misango, Agero, Osino, Kakai and Barasa join Obwaya, Kalwale and Paul Kioko on the replacements list.
Quins have had a good start to the Kenya Cup winning six out of 8 macthes to sit third with 31 points, eight points above fourth placed Nondies.
Ngong on the other side seventh in the Championship with 16 points after eight matches as they look to secure a playoff spot.
Cardovillis says he’s happy the Enterprise Cup is being played in-season unlike last time out with the winner between Quins and Ngong set to play Homeboyz in pre-quarters.
“I like the idea. I was one of those who pushed for this current format. We are going for both trophies. We are going for both trophies. We are in it, to win it.”
Quins II will play Stingers in the Mwamba Cup from 2pm.
1. Elisha Koronya 2. Edward Oseko 3. Melvin Thairu 4. Roxy Dan Suchi 5. Tony Mutai 6. Patrice Agunda – C 7. Herman Humwa 8. George Scott 9. Aaron Oforywroth 10. Martin Wanjia 11. Aluda Beda 12. Jasper Ochen 13. William Ambaka 14. Frank Wanyama 15. Lyle Asiligwa - VC
16. Frank Kalwale 17. Brian Obwaya 18. Paul Kioko 19. Hillary Barasa 20. Peter Misango 21. Dominic Osino 22. Eden Agero 23. Iddi Kakai
Quins II for Mwamba Cup
1. John Okwara (C) 2. Bonface Ochieng 3. Ayub Kimutai 4. Mike Onsando 5. Wayne Mung'ei 6. Levi Masika 7. Edward Shitanda 8. Kevin Angote 9. Godfrey Okoth - VC 10. Smith Muhoya 11. Victor Olilo 12. James McGreevy 13. Douglas Kahuri 14. Pius Shiundu 15. Mike Ochieng
16. Brian Waraba 17. Roy Wasike 18. Mike Mugo 19. George Odipo 20. Jarvis Bandi 21. Nicholas Ndegwa 22. Max Theuri 23. Amon Mayenze
Enterprise Cup Fixtures
Kenya Harlequins vs Ngong Warriors -4pm RFUEA
Kisumu vs South Coast Pirates -4pm Kisumu Polytechnic
Mombasa vs Moi University -4pm MSC
Menengai Oilers vs CUEA Monks -4pm Nakuru ASK
Strathmore Leos vs JKUAT -4pm Strathmore Madaraka
Mean Machine vs Masinde Muliro -4pm UON
Kisii RFC vs University Of Eldoret -4pm Kisii High
Western Bulls vs Egerton Wasps -4pm Bull Ring
Strathmore Leos II vs KCA University -2pm Strathmore Madaraka
Kenya Harlequins II vs Stingers -2pm RFUEA
Top Fry Nakuru II vs Shamas Foundation -3pm Nakuru NAC
Stanbic Mwamba II vs Dagoretti Bull Dogs -3pm Railways
KCB II vs TUK -3pm KCB Ruaraka
Kabras Sugar II vs Administration Police -4pm Kakamega ASK
Homeboyz II vs Makueni -3pm Jamhuri ASK
Resolution Impala II vs Nondescripts II -3pm Impala Club