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Semis, playoff and relegation highlight Kenya Cup week 10
By Eric Njiru | Thu 22 Feb, 2018 16:41

A lot is at stake this weekend as Kenya Cup enters the penultimate round.

Semis, quarters and relegation will be the highlight of the 10th round of the league with six matches on the card across the country.

Kisii RFC will be relegated if they lose to Quins and Mwamba RFC beats Blak Blad. If Mwamba loses to Blad, the relegation battle will continue till the last day when Kulabu host Nakuru RFC and Kisii host Mombasa RFC.

Quins will be seeking to beat Kisii so that they can finish fifth and face and face whoever finishes fourth in the quarters and avoid finishing sixth to face either KCB/Kabras/Homeboyz who will most likely third.

The big match of the weekend will be between champions KCB and 2016 champions Kabras Sugar at KCB Sports club. A win for KCB will assure them of a semifinal slot while a defeat will see both Homeboyz and Kabras catch up with them.

The only way KCB can finish third is by losing their two last matches(against Kabras and Impala) with Homeboyz and Kabras winning all their matches. Kabras can beat KCB and Blak Blad and still finish third if Homeboyz and KCB win their final round matches. Homeboyz head to Strathmore in their last match.

Homeboyz host Mombasa who have already been relegated. It is unlikely the Deejayz will lose to the Coastal side as they seek to return to Cup semis for yet another year.

Impala Saracens face a Strathmore Leos side that is not yet assured of a playoff position despite beating Kisii last week. Leos will have to win their remaining matches(against Impala and Homeboyz) or miss out if they lose and Nakuru beats Nondies and Mwamba.

Impala sits fourth going to the match and are assured of a playoff place and with Kabras heading to KCB, a win over Leos will see the Sarries move to third. A crucial finish as far as quarterfinal pairing is concerned.

Nakuru’s season faces the biggest test this weekend when they host Nondies at NAC. Nondies have a slim chance of making the playoffs but Nakuru are slightly ahead of them. With Leos facing Impala, both Nakuru and Nondies will be looking to bag maximum points to close the gap.

Wanyore will go to 23 points if they win with a bonus and stay two points behind Leos may they(Strathmore) lose to Impala.A win for Strathmore over Impala will rule make it hard for both teams to reach playoffs. 

The last matchday meeting Nakuru and Mwamba will bring last season's memory where Mwamba sneaked to cup quarters at the expense of Nakuru. 

Eric Njiru
Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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