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Bring it on! KCB out to end Kabras Sugar dominance

 KCB star Bob Muhati in action against Kabras Sugar during the regular season in Kakamega. [Washington Onyango, Standard]

As the crescendo of Kenya's premier rugby spectacle approaches, KCB Rugby braces itself for a titanic clash against defending champions Kabras RFC in the Kenya Cup final set to unfold at the revered Kakamega Showground tomorrow.

With the scent of redemption in the air, the eight-time champions are fervently determined to reclaim the coveted title and reignite the flame of victory within their den.

The journey towards redemption has been fraught with tribulations for KCB, having endured successive heartbreaks in their quest for Kenya Cup glory.

In the annals of recent history, the bankers found themselves thwarted by adversity, succumbing to the ferocious challenge posed by Menengai Oilers in the semi-finals of the 2021/2022 season and enduring a bitter defeat at the hands of Kabras in the finals of the 2022/2023 campaign.

This impending showdown marks the seventh encounter between KCB and Kabras in the Kenya Cup final, a testament to their perennial dominance in Kenyan rugby.

Despite Kabras' recent triumphs, KCB holds a formidable record, having emerged victorious in five of their last six encounters.

The bankers' last taste of Kenya Cup glory dates back to 2021 when they clinched the title with a narrow yet resolute triumph over the millers, sealing their legacy with a 28-25 victory at their hallowed den.

In the current season, KCB encountered early setbacks, stumbling against formidable adversaries Menengai Oilers and Kabras RFC in the regular season, succumbing to defeats of 21-07 and 14-10, respectively.

However, a resurgent spirit propelled them to a triumphant 21-12 victory in the cup semi-finals, staged at the KCB Sports Club, Ruaraka.

 Head coach Curtis Olago, overseeing the team's final preparations during a rigorous training session in Kisumu, exuded confidence amidst the palpable sense of anticipation.

"Our clash against Kabras is always one to watch. The past two seasons have not been kind to us, but we are determined to rewrite our narrative," Olago affirmed, acknowledging the weight of expectation resting upon both the team and its ardent supporters.

"This time, we are leaving no stone unturned, channelling our collective resolve to reclaim what rightfully belongs to us."

With the return of seasoned stalwarts Elvis Olukusi and Samuel Asati from national team duty, KCB boasts a full-strength squad bolstered by a blend of experience and youthful exuberance.

The emergence of rising talents such as Andy Cole, Michael Wamalwa, and Lionel Anjeliti injects a fresh dynamic into the team, underscoring their depth and versatility on the field of play.

As the stage is set for a gripping showdown between two rugby powerhouses, KCB RFC stands poised on the precipice of redemption, fueled by a burning desire to etch their names in the annals of Kenyan rugby history once more.

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