Champions Ofafa Jericho will be looking to finish their preliminary matches on a high when they take on hosts Strathmore School on Saturday afternoon in their final pool match of the Nairobi County Secondary Schools Sports Association (NCSSSA) rugby 15s championship.
With both teams already assured of a place in next month’s quarterfinals, focus will be on who tops Pool ‘A’ as the preliminary matches come to an end.
Ofafa whitewashed Jamhuri 70-0 while Strathmore beat Moi Forces Academy (MFA) 32-10 in last weekend’s matches.
The Eastlands based school lead the pool with six points edging out today’s opponents on goal difference and will look to see off the home side and end their campaign unbeaten.
Ofafa captain Philemon Odhiambo who scored three tries in last weekend’s win over Jamhuri believes clash will be closely contested but has tipped his team to emerge tops.
“We have had a good run since the competition began and we hope to keep the form going. Strathmore are at home but we believe we can beat them and top our group, “Odhiambo said.
“Pressure is on us the as the defending champions and we need to rise up to the challenge and show other teams we are ready to defend out title”.
Ofafa will however need to be wary of the Strathmore trio of Michael Amdo, Jerome Kimani and Erastus Karani who impressed in their team’s win against MFA.
MFA face Jamhuri in the other pool encounter.
In Pool B, last year’s finalists Lenana will also look to finish their pool matches unbeaten when they host NPC Buru Buru while Mutuini play St Aloysius in the other pool match.
Lenana beat Mutuini 46-3 last weekend while NPC edged out At Aloysius 12-5 in the other pool encounter.
Lenana coach James Mbaye has urged his charges to win the pool as they await the quarterfinals draw.
“Our target this season is to go one better than last year, we are already in the last eight and the march to the title continues, “the coach said.
In other matches, Ruthmitu take on Highway Secondary School at St Mary’s School, Kangemi will be up against Dagoretti high at Nairobi School and Aquinas tackle Parklands at Upper Hill.
Kangemi lost 70-0 to former champions Nairobi School last weekend and will be looking to bounce back from that defeat as they seek their first win in Pool D.