NAIROBI, Kenya, January 28 – Kenya Commercial Bank’s (KCB) clash with Nakuru headlines Saturday’s Resolution Health Impala Floodlits semi finals.Nakuru’s second half comeback and sudden death victory over KCB’s reserve side Cubs showed portrayed their resolve in the face of adversity a trait that will come in handy against the two time champions when they kick off at 7.30 p.m.
The professional way with which the Lions went about their 42-3 demolition of Mwamba last weekend makes them favourites to breeze into the final but it would be unwise to be write off ‘Wanyore’ who are known to produce the occasional upset.
Dennis Mwanja’s return to form was evident going by his all action performance against the black shirts alongside fellow backrow Ken Isindu.
Their battle with Nakuru veteran Ferdinand Ngaira should be one of the ages
Wanyore did not show any ill effects of the mass exodus of players from their stable. Their running game is sure to ring some alarm bells in the Lions defence that is yet to be tested.
The first club semi final between hosts Impala and University of Nairobi Mean Machine also promises to be a scintillating encounter.
Machine and Impala are the most successful clubs in the tournament with a combination of 14 titles between them which makes this match up.
Both sides cruised their respective quarter finals with relative ease and would be relishing a stern test ahead of the Kenya Cup which is only three weeks away.
Impala have an all star cast to count on most notably Victor Sudi who announced his return to the club with a brace of tries during their 80-3 thrashing of United States International University-Africa (USIU-A).
Paul Oimbo once again will spearhead the forward onslaught setting the stage for another Impala veteran Moses Kola to unleash the likes of Innocent Simiyu and Vincent Mose with quick ball.
Machine who have not won the title since 2006 have their own big cannons in the likes of Isaac Makori, Fidel Sinei and Ian Were.
In the schools semi, Moi Forces Academy will be out to cause another upset when they lock horns with Alliance High at 2.45 p.m. followed by a giant collision between six time champions Nairobi School and Mangu at 4.30.