MMUST, Impala, Pirates and Daystar Falcons chase Kenya Cup promotion

KCB's Samwel Asati in action against MMUST.[Washington Onyango,Standard]

In a high-stakes battle for promotion to the Kenya Cup, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) Rugby is gearing up to face off against Impala, while South Coast Pirates take on Daystar University Falcons in the KRU Championship semifinal playoffs.

The atmosphere is electric as rugby enthusiasts eagerly anticipate these crucial matchups, with the winners securing a direct ticket to the prestigious Kenya Cup for the upcoming 2024-2025 season. MMUST will host Impala in Kakamega, while South Coast Pirates will entertain Daystar in Diani.

MMUST coach John Asila expressed the team's determination and focus as they aim for promotion to the topflight league.

"Our target is crystal clear – we are fully focused on securing our place in the Kenya Cup. The players have shown immense dedication and resilience throughout the season, and we are ready to give our all in the semifinal clash against Impala," said Asila.

The MMUST squad is brimming with talent and depth, as evidenced by the formidable lineup set to take the field against Impala. Leading the charge will be Javan Orlando and Ismael Karanja in the front row, supported by the dynamic duo of Collins Ngoko and Calvin Wabuyele in the second row. The back row will be anchored by Churchil Oyugi, Brian Ndeda, and Benson Mwata, providing a solid defensive wall and attacking threat.

In the half-back positions, Veron Kaburu will provide strategic direction alongside Washington Ombima, while the backline boasts the pace and skill of Musa Mugandi, Ian Oduor, and Kelvin Bukhala. Sam Maboni and Josephat Omulefu complete the starting lineup, bringing their experience and flair to the wings, with Omulefu taking on the full-back role.

On the bench, MMUST will have a wealth of options to call upon, including Fidel Simba, Mohammed Sadala, and Daniel Mukambi, providing impact and depth across the squad.

As the semifinal playoffs loom large, rugby fans can expect an exhilarating display of skill, passion, and determination as MMUST Rugby seeks to overcome Impala and clinch their spot in the Kenya Cup. With promotion on the line, every moment will count in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

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