‘Wanyore’ on the verge of history
Posted Sunday, February 17 2013 at 19:35
- Nakuru will meet Strathmore Leos this Saturday at Kasarani in what is expected to be a mouthwatering final.
One of the most popular rugby clubs in Kenya, Nakuru RFC, is on the verge of making history by becoming the first upcountry club to win the prestigious Kenya Cup title.
Nakuru RFC, popularly known as ‘Wanyore’, have had a good run in the tournament this season and booked a date against Strathmore University in the play-off final after thrashing three-time winners Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) 21-7 at Nakuru Athletics Club on Saturday.
Nakuru will meet Strathmore Leos this Saturday at Kasarani in what is expected to be a mouthwatering final.
Nakuru’s Kenya sevens player, Oscar Ouma who watched his team mates tear the bankers apart, could not hide his joy and stormed the field after referee Don Bosco Muamba blew the final whistle to signal the end of the match.
“I’m so proud of my colleagues. They have done a good job and I now look forward to be part of the team which will be seeking to make history this Saturday when we take on Strathmore University in the final,” said Ouma.
Ouma, who missed the match after injuring his ankle with the national team during the IRB Sevens Series in Les Vegas, has now fully recovered and is ready to lead his team mates to victory against Strathmore.
“I want to crown my first call up to the national sevens team by making sure ‘Wanyore’ lift the Kenya Cup title for the first time this year,” said Ouma.
Nakuru’s technical bench, led by head coach Eric Situma and his assistant Joatham Owili, attributed their good run in the league to consistence and lessons learnt from every match played.
“We only lost one game against Kenya Harlequin who beat us 31- 17 and this tells you the boys are hungry for the title,” said the 37-year-old Situma, who is enjoying his third season with the team.
Situma has, however, said his team must manage anxiety and the huge expectations from their fans.
“On Saturday we will go all out. Although we will not be out to reinvent the wheel, we will play according to our strength. Strathmore should be prepared for the mother of all battles,” said Situma,” he said.
He said although his charges beat Strathmore 15 – 13 in the regular season, he insists they will not bask on that glory because “Strathmore is a tough side and only a rookie coach can underrate them”.
Nakuru team: Lawrence Terer, Sammy Warui, Isaiah Nyariki, Philip Owuor, Mike Okombe, John Ekongo, Lawrence Buyachi, Gibson Weru, Martin Mwita, Larry Safari, Steve Okumu, Kelvin Opiyo, Godffrey Mabea, Calvin Otieno, Dan Mwangi, Syles Kendy, David Onyango, Charles Odhiambo, Bernard Chirchir, Ben Kamau, Meshack Ochieng’ and Simon Wariuki.