Strathmore Leos head coach Louis Kisia named Cecil Otieno and Alex Maina on the wing for Saturday’s Championship semifinal against Northern Suburbs Cubs at Strathmore University sports complex.
Leos are looking to complete a perfect Championship season by sealing a place in the Kenya Cup just one year after suffering relegation.
With 16 wins in 16 matches, Leos are yet to lose a game posing a great challenge to Northern Suburbs Cubs who were handed a walkover after USIU pulled out of the playoffs.
Making Kisia’s midfield is Wiseman Aganya and Richard Omedo as Lucas Oppal starts at fullback while the day’s halfbacks will be Andrew Matoka and Arnold Matoka. Gabriel Adero and Arnold Omollo are joined by Trevor Opondo, John Aswani and Jude Baraka in the forwards line.
Having not played a competitive game since March 2020, Kisia knows it will not be a walk in the park but is well prepared for anything.
“We’ll just make it normal and try to apply our efforts to do what we’ve done this season. We are looking at outcome rather than performance because of the state of the game,” said Kisia.
“We will play simple rugby, an easy one and go for any points. Everyone is looking for a win so we’ll go for points when we have a chance. Suburbs have big forwards; their set-pieces are really strong. On our side, we’ll bank on our experience.”
“We have a couple of Under 20s who have played for the national team but we can’t take credit away from these other guys. It’s a new season so we’ll do our thing. Before the break we were in a perfect form, we are still doing what we used to do before the stop in terms of fitness and conditioning.
Leos were relegated at the end of 2018/19 season but have put an exemplary performance in the Championship beating all 11 teams including a 32-7 win over Suburbs on the first day of the season.
“Boys are upbeat, feel happy and know what it means going back to the Kenya Cup. There are a lot of promises from the university and they know our level is the Kenya Cup. These boys are ready.”
Kick-off is 3 pm at Strathmore University, Madaraka in Nairobi. The second semifinal will feature MMUST and Mean Machine in Kakamega.
1. Gabriel Adero. 2. Trevor Opondo. 3. Arnold Omollo. 4. John Aswani. 5. Jude Baraka 6. Fanuel Aduda 7. Philemon Olang 8. Bethwel Anami. 9. Arnold Muita. 10. Andrew Matoka 11. Cecil Otieno. 12. Wiseman Aganya. 13. Richard Omedo. 14. Alex Maina. 15. Lucas Oppal.
16. Clinton Khasai. 17. Rodney Ambale 18. Jack Angawa. 19. Barnabas Owuor. 20. Austin Mboya. 21. Walter Omanyo 22. Mathew Mogaya 23. Gideon Makumi.24.Brunson Madigu