The storm clouds have gathered, but the event taking place in Kakamega is the Kenya Cup final.
Menengai Oilers are keen to withstand the rains at the Bull Ring when they take on Kabras Sugar in the 2021-2022 Kenya Cup finals from 3pm East African Time.
The Nakuru based clubbed shocked defending champions KCB last Saturday 24-17 to reach their first ever final under their pioneer coach Gibson Weru.
Despite Oilers losing to Kabras in all their four Kenya Cup outings, Weru believes they have what it takes to win the final.
In January 2019, Oilers have lost to Kabras 41-5 before going down 47-12 to the sugar millers again in December.
Last year in July, Oilers again lost 38-9 to Kabras before going down 32-17 earlier in January this year.
“We respect Kabras but we shall be going out for a win. Qualifying for the final is a culmination of the hard work we have done for the past five years. I am very happy for the players.”
“I don’t think anything will change much in the final. We have worked for this for the last 20 weeks,” said Oilers coach Weru.
This will be the third time Kenya Cup final is being played outside Nairobi and the first time not featuring clubs from Nairobi.
Weru has made one change to his starting lineup bringing in Tyson Maina at open side for Ibrahim Ayoo
Andrew Odero earns his second start as Geoffrey Ominde stays at number 10. John Okoth and Dennis Abukuse are in the midfield and the back three trio of Beldad Ogeta, Austin Sikutwa and Davis Nyaundi complete the team.
Menengai Oilers Squad: 1.Edward Mwaura 2. Coleman Were 3. Vincent Mwikhali 4.Wallace Onyango 5. Clinton Odhiambo 6. Nickson Ochieng 7.Tyson Maina 8.Chrispine Shitundo 9.Andrew Odero 10. Geoffrey Ominde 11. Beldad Ogeta 12. John Okoth 13. Dennis Abukuse 14. Sikutwa Austin 15. Davis Nyaundi
Replacements: 16. Kelvin Mukoyani18. Francis Atiti 18. Destorius Ifedha 19.Brian Sinei 20.Brian Ndirangu 21. Kevin Mburu 22. Tony Oketch 23. Timothy Okwemba