Amonde hoping to drag KCB into Enterprise Cup finals at Impala

KCB's Andrew Amonde (left) and Nondiscript player during Kenya Cup match at Ngong race-course on Saturday. Jan 16, 2022. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Former Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde is confident of helping KCB Rugby reach the finals of this year’s Enterprise Cup ahead of their semi-final bout against Impala Saracens at Impala Grounds today.

The KCB back-rower said his side will take a different tactical approach in this match to ensure they register positive results.

The bankers lost to Impala at the same stage last season and according to him, this is a must-win match having bowed out of the Kenya Cup.

“Impala is a good side. We respect them a lot but we go to this match full of confidence having won convincingly last weekend against another worthy opponent. A game against Impala is always a difficult one but we are ready,” said Amonde.

Despite some of the big names in the squad joining the Kenya Simbas, Amonde reckons they’re still the favourites ahead of this clash.

KCB winger Jacob Ojee echoed Amonde’s sentiments saying the boys are buzzing to end the season on a high note despite the Kenya Cup heartbreak.

“We last won the Enterprise Cup in 2017, that’s such a long-time considering KCB is a winning team. We have the depth in our squad to clinch this season’s title,” Ojee said.

KCB hammered Blak Blad from Kenyatta University 87-12 in the quarter-finals played at the KCB Ruaraka Sports Club last weekend to reach the semis.

On the other hand, Impala Saracens rallied from 13-5 down at the break to beat Nakuru 20-16 at the Impala Sports Club.

“We last beat them at the semi-final stage of the Enterprise Cup in 2019. We shall work hard to put some score on the board,” said Impala coach Oscar Osir.

In Kakamega, defending champions Kabras Sugar will lock horns with Homeboyz at their home turf, the Kakamega Showgrounds in Lurambi. 

The recently crowned Kenya Cup champions will face a fresh Homeboyz side who had a walkover against Mwamba last weekend when the sugar men laboured to 34-17 win against Nondescript.

Both Kabras Sugar (2019) and Homeboyz (2018) have won the Enterprise Cup once while KCB and Impala have lifted the title several times.

The Enterprise Cup was not held in 2020 and 2021 following the outbreak of Covid-19.

 

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