NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – Defending champions Ndovu coach Dominique Habimana believes winning Kenya Cup with Nakuru RFC will inspire his charges to ease past Chui when the two meet in the last Group A Bamburi Rugby Super Series clash in a double header at Nakuru’s Athletic Club on Saturday.
In the early kick-off, UAP Kifaru will host Uganda’s Hima Ruwenzori in a tough Pool B encounter where the victor will finish second and progress to the last four after Papa Nguvu that comprises players from KCB, Homeboyz and Mwamba having already qualified with a 100 percent record.
With a single point separating the two, Ndovu sitting at the summit with five, the all Kenyan affair is expected to be a cracker since the winner will top the group to set up a semi-final against the runner ups from Pool B.
“After defending our Kenya Cup title we now turn our eyes to the big one which is the Super Series. We are also the defending champions and we are going for a win to make sure we qualify in the semis first. We expect a tough match since Chui are also good tactically,” Habimana who also double up as Top Fry Nakuru head coach told Capital Sport after successfully defending Kenya Cup last weekend.
Ndovu, having a large contingent of players from Nakuru, as well as Western Bulls and Kisumu, enter the match from a 40-6 romp against Ugandan outfit Victoria Protectors in the opening match.
However, the coach will have a headache in selecting the first XV after having a strong squad that features the likes of Nakuru captain Edwins Makori, Kelvin Omiyo, Elkins Musonye and Dallo Chituyi as they look forward to give their opponents a hard time.
Chui who comprise of players from Lunch Bar Quins, Nondescript and Impala opened with a hard fought 10-3 win away to the Victoria and know pretty well victory will give them pole position in the Pool.
Unlike Ndovu who have seasoned players, the Enos Otieno side, is heavily loaded with youngsters who include Quinto Ongo, Ian Minjire, Hosea Nyerere who will blend with experienced Paul Oimbo, Linus Simiyu and Duncan Ekasi.
In the first match of the day, both sides Kifaru and Rwenzori have lost once to Papa Nguvu who sit at the top of Pool B with nine points, leaving it an open and nervous tie despite Kifaru having one point compared to the Ugandans who have none.
Kifaru under the tutelage of Charles Ngovi fell to an 8-6 loss in their opening fixture while Rwenzori also fell to a 25-6 loss to Nguvu.
This makes it a do or die for the two but the home side looks favourites since they have University players who features in the league; the likes of former Kenya youth international George Mutuku and captain Rocky Aguko.
Rwenzori, the losing finalists in 2012 and 13 have in their ranks former Ugandan internationals Tony Lugya and
Timothy Mudoola as well as Augustine Kasansula who are tipped to give the host a run of their money.
Pool B – UAP Kifaru v Hima Rwenzori 2.00pm
Pool A – Ndovu v Bollore Chui 4.00pm
Venue: Nakuru Athletic Club