Homeboyz beat Nakuru 37-30 last weekend. Although many fans who had drafted memes and social media posts to roast KCB were disappointed when Stanbic Mwamba ran out of fuel to let the bankers win 25-10, another chance of meme & roast-post drafting presents itself this weekend. While KCB’s 10 day off-season camp in Newlands, South Africa has stoked fiery online talk & courted brand new jealousy, a 9 year old rivalry is the main ingredient that will spark the plugs to this duel. Another trigger to the fire is the rude fact that Homeboyz have never won the Impala Rugby Floodlit Tournament while their arch-rival KCB has won it 6 times and are currently displaying proudly it in the trophy cabinet at the den in Ruaraka. In May, Homeboyz won the 2018 Enterprise Cup after beating Impala 21-3 and are fresh from being crowned 2018 NSC Champions. Is this the year they make history or will the Bankers foil this attempted heist? Remember – in the Floodies Main Cup Semi last year, KCB slipped away with an 18-16 full-time score.
Homeboyz Team Manager – Simon Odongo who was in charge of the side when Head Coach – Paul Murunga was in Tunisia with Kenya 7s last weekend speaks:
“This is Impala Rugby Floodlit repeat semi 3. KCB have beaten us in the past 2 encounters. But this time, we promise to bring a heavier challenge to the contest. KCB are a respectable side. They won the 36th Edition of the Impala Rugby Floodlit Tournament and went on to win the 2017-18 Kenya Cup and we expect them to come ready for us especially now that they have to guard their Floodies trophy with all they have. I am happy that our players did well to execute the plan we had plotted in training before meeting Nakuru. Although the 37-30 full-time score is confirmation of a match well played, our players made a number of mistakes which we are fixing in training this week. We watched the KCB/Mwamba match which ended 25-10 in favor of KCB & have identified that the Bankers have a different twist to their playing systems this season. Their sharpness in open play has improved. Their ball retention from kick-off is also another strength. We have also identified a number of gaps which we will surely exploit with accuracy. The only player who is not up for selection from the team that played last weekend is Henry Ayah. He is out recovering from a concussion. Players who featured in our 2018 National Sevens Circuit campaign are lifting their hands high for inclusion. The only other players who will be rested this weekend are Leonard Mugaisi, Alvin Otieno, Michael Wanjala who represented Kenya but finished 2nd after a 5-17 loss to Zimbabwe in the Africa 7s Tournament played last weekend in Tunisia. This will be an exciting match and I urge all Homeboyz fans to turn out in large numbers. This will be the night!”
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