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Remy's Mean Machine ready for the battle
By Eric Njiru | Thu 15 Nov, 2018 09:33

Relegated for the first time in 40 years in 2016, Mean Machine sat somewhere in Nakuru, went through what had happened, went for 'dunda' and decided let the work begin. 

Machine were relegated back to the Championship where they managed to beat Menengai Oilers in the final and earn promotion back to where they belong. The big league, the one they won in 1977, 1989 and 1990.

One man, Ramsfield Matekwa aka 'Remy' has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring Machine are ready for it and fight for it. He will be helped by the knowledgeable Okech Owino. 

On Saturday Nov 17, Remy will name his first ever Kenya Cup squad that will head to Western to face 2016 champions Kabras Sugar.

"We feel fantastic getting back to where we belong, the Kenya Cup,'' Remy said. 

"Pre-season has been good, playing Floodies and the Varsity League enabled us to work on our things. Everyone is ready for the Kenya Cup."

Remy has already started life at Eschuma House with three trophies having scooped Embu 7s, Floodies Varsities title and the Varsities League on the same day. Embu 7s may sound like a small tournament but they beat Kenya Harlequin in the final.

Kabras and Machine met in the first day of the 2016/17 season a game Kabras required last play brilliance to win 14-13 in Kakamega. It should be a battle on Saturday.

"Kabras- we are expecting a good competition which we are ready to give them too. This season we are focused on making the playoffs as you know it's a game at a time and the blessing of God through the season."

Machine will be without hooker Gravies Onyono, Valentine Odoyo and Edward Omondo as they are still recovering from injuries suffered during national sevens circuit and Floodies.

Who is Ramsfield Matekwa?

Remy schooled at Malava Boys before joining Comras Rugby. He started coaching in 2009 at Hidden Talent Girls school under the late Eric Situma's mentorship. 

He coached Age grade rugby at Comras and the senior team between 2010 and 2016  and was also involved in bringing up the Administration Police Rugby team-  a Nairobi nationwide side. 

The level one and two coach has been at Machine but working as part of the technical bench before eventually taking over the head coach role recently. 

"My project is to develop more players ad consolidate them into a core team. By 20221 Machine will be the talk of the rugby Union and feeder for both 15s and 7s teams," he said. 

Machine first home match of the season will be a battle they love, against Strathmore Leos. They will then head to Blak Blad in what is expected to be one of the highlights of the matchday. 

Eric Njiru
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