Wanyore and Lions: Season III
This sounds like title of a movie or series, but no,it isn't. Kenya Cup champions Menengai Oil Nakuru or Wanyore to their adoring fans welcome the Lions from KCB in an Enterprise Cup semi final encounter at the Nakuru Athletic Club on Saturday 23 March 2013.
This is the third time Nakuru host KCB at the venue, having played them twice before, once during the Kenya Cup's league phase and again during the semi final of the same competition. Nakuru emerged victorious on both occasions (20-17) and (21-5) and will be out to register a third win against their opponents and reach the final.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Nakuru registered a 21-5 quarter final win over Lunch Bar Quins to set up this date.Erick Situma's side may have defeated KCB twice before but will definitely not allow complacency to set it.
Team captain Edwins Makori will be key to the side's efforts on Saturday, his work ethic and leadership definitely forming the basis for Nakuru's hunt for victory. With the likes of Lawrence Buyachi and John Ekong'o in the forwards and Calvin Otieno, Martin Muita and Javan Murayi in the backs, the Wanyore certainly fancy their chances of victory on Saturday.
As mentioned earlier, KCB have fallen twice to Nakuru this season and Curtis Aluoch's charges come into this fixture looking to curtail the trend. A win on Saturday puts KCB in the Enterprise Cup final for the first time since their last triumph in 2007.
Like Nakuru, they benefited from a first round bye before defeating Homeboyz 26-15 in a quarter final fixture last weekend. They have their work cut out, especially when you consider that playing Nakuru in Nakuru is never a walk in the park. It will require a huge team effort from the Lions to pull off the result in Nakuru. Curtis Lilako, Moses Amusala, Hastings Nyariki and Oliver Mang'eni will be key in the forwards while Peter Mutai, Darwin Mukidza, Fabian Olando are some of the players Aluoch will depend on in the backs.
All in all, this match should be as competitive as previous encounters between the two sides. He who maintains his composure while winning the battle of the forwards will emerge victorious.