Mean Machine head coach Ramsfield Matekwa hands debut to Bob Onchonga and Kanyiri Kanyiri for Saturday’s Kenya Cup encounter with Homeboyz at UoN grounds from 4pm.
As Bob and Kanyiri start, it will be a second start for winger James Kangethe(pictured) with a hope of helping Machine bag a second win of the season. John Mark Awiti will make his debut from the bench.
Captain Shadon Munoko is available from Kenya 7s, Marvin Karungi, as expected, starts at scrum-half, Festsus Shiasi at fly-half while Valentine Odoyo continues his comeback by starting at fullback.
“We expect a tough game from Homeboyz,” said Munoko. “We are however well prepared thank to the one week break we had. We went back to the drawing board and tried to rectify our mistakes from the Nondies game.”
“Our breakdowns and endurance to play the whole game is something we’ve looked at the whole of this week as well as defence.”
Fly-halves Trevor Asina and Bruce Odhiambo are still sidelined with injuries but Eric Muthama makes a place on the bench.
Ekirapa, Baka, Ben, Muganda, Reuben, Abonyo and Mutuku make the bench with Reuben set to play both ESS and Kenya Cup matches.
Homeboyz suffered a shock 14-20 defeat to struggling Strathmore Leos on matchday 8 and in a bid to bounce back head coach Simon Odongo makes eight changes for the short trip to UoN.
Kenya Simbas international Philip Ikambili is on for Joseph Amalemba(bench). Tight-head Meshack Akenga replaces Patrick Ouko(bench) while Polycarp Odhiambo returns for Imbuchi(bench) in the other front-row change.
Isogol moves from eight to blind-side since Steve ‘Security’ Otieno is back to see both Bruce Shiemi(bench) and F.Ouma not start.
Alvin ‘Buffa’ Otieno and Collins Shikoli are named as the wingers, William Diffu replaces Muhati(bench) at inside centre) while Leonard Mugaisi will be the fullback.
Machine and Homeboyz lastly met on Saturday Feb 11, 2017 at UoN where Homeboyz won 38-0. The clash finds the Deejayz sixth with 21 points while Eschuma Absolute are bottom with five points.
1)Collins Otieno 2)Adam Mugo 3)Ian Wando 4)Cornel Omondi 5)Bob Onchonga* 6)Kanyiri Kanyiri* 7)Henry Rabach 8)Shadon Munoko 9)Marvin Karungii 10)Festus Shiasi 11)James Kangethe 12)Maurice Murimi 13)Alfred Orege 14)Victor Shaviya 15)Valentine Odoyo
16)Paul Ekirapa 17)Ben Mwangi 18)Antony Baka 19)Alex Muganda 20)Reuben Oroko 21)Antony Abonyo 22)Eric Muthama 23)John Mark Awiti* 24)Ken Mutuku
1.Thomas Okidia 2.Philip Ikambili 3.Meshack Akenga 4.Polycarp Odhiambo 5.Wallace Onyango 6.Stanley Isogol 7.F.Ouma 8.Steve Otieno 9.Mohamed Omollo 10.Evin Asena 11. Alvin Otieno 12. William Diffu 13.Israel Soi 14.Collins Shikoli 15.Leonard Mugaisi
16.Bruce Shiemi 17.Patrick Ouko 18.Joseph Amalemmba 19.Emmanuel Mavala 20.Charles Omondi 21.Juma 22.Muhati 23. Michael Wanjala