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No more talk as Kabras, KCB face off in Kenya Cup final

Rugby
 Kabras Sugar's Eugene Sifuna is tackled by KCB defence during their 2023 Enterprise Cup final at RFUEA Grounds. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

In a clash that promises fireworks and fierce competition, defending champions Kabras Sugar RFC are gearing up to face off against their arch-rivals, KCB Rugby, in the highly anticipated Kenya Cup final at Kakamega Showgrounds.

The stage is set for what is expected to be an intense battle between two powerhouses of Kenyan rugby. Kabras Sugar, aiming for their third consecutive title, will be looking to maintain their dominance in the league.

However, KCB Rugby, with their illustrious history and hunger to reclaim the championship, will not go down without a fight.

Kabras Sugar’s journey to the finals has been nothing short of impressive. Topping the regular season standings, they have shown consistency and resilience, remaining unbeaten for the past two seasons.

The millers head coach Carlos Katywa exudes confidence in his team’s abilities, emphasising their unity and strong bond as key factors contributing to their success.

“This has been our best season ever,” Katywa remarked ahead of the showdown.

“We play to win, and we’re not expecting anything less than a big win against KCB.”

Despite injuries on some of their key players, including Derrick Ashihundu and Jone Kubu, Kabras Sugar remains undeterred. The team has rallied together, focusing on the tried and tested players who have consistently delivered throughout the season.

In terms of strategy, Katywa says he has meticulously analysed KCB’s strengths and weaknesses, treating the final as a tactical chess game where the right moves will determine the outcome.

“We have studied their trends and are prepared to capitalize on any opportunities that arise,” Katywa explained.

Captain Gorge Nyambua echoed the sentiment of his coach, emphasising the winning culture embedded within the team.

“Winning is a culture here at Kabras,” Nyambua declared.

“Every match we’ve played has been treated like a final, and we’re ready to bring that mindset into the championship match.”

The Kabras camp is also unfazed by the rainy weather conditions expected on the match day. Having trained and played in similar conditions throughout the season, they believe their familiarity with the pitch will give them an edge over their opponents.

On the other side of the field, KCB Rugby is determined to reclaim the Kenya Cup title. With eight championship wins under their belt, they are a force to be reckoned with.

Head coach Curtis Olago has equally prepared his squad well, acknowledging Kabras Sugar’s formidable form but expressing confidence in his team’s ability to rise to the occasion.

“This final is about executing our game plan flawlessly,” Olago stated.

“We respect Kabras, but we are here to win.”

KCB’s players have embraced the underdog role, drawing motivation from the challenge ahead. The team’s experience and strategic adaptability could prove decisive in the final moments of the match.

The Kenya Cup final promises to be a spectacle of skill, determination, and raw athleticism.

For Kabras Sugar, it’s about continuing their legacy and cementing their status as the dominant force in Kenyan rugby. But for the bankers, it’s a chance to reclaim past glory and etch their name in the history books once again.

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