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Daily Nation : February 22nd 2014
36 | Sport KENYA CUP RUGBY |Mountain to climb for Leos against unbeaten hosts at Nakuru Athletics Club Big boys Nakuru, Quins on parade on last day of the regular season League lead Strathmore today as Ha Mwamba al BY AYUMBA AY @AyumbaAyodi email@example.com to remain the sam semi-final play-off Last weekend, T Nakuru’s unbea champions who a Top Fry still top t with 58 points. They are follo Harlequin and mercial Bank (KC 48 points each b Road-based side b difference. Clinch semi-final spot are losing finalists St University Leos w points. Quins and KC will play away tod relatively easy opp in Kisumu and Ke University’s Bla with Nakuru hos unpredictable Le kuru Athletics Cl Nakuru made son, crushing Str become the first c robi to win the p Cup trophy. The three sides finishing fourth w them play Naku semi-finals, the still unbeaten at four seasons. Quins, sponsor and KCB all lost season and this challenge Leos fa Athletics Club to home battle to Na KCB lost at Naku 10-26. Nakuru coach Dominique Habi- mana said he will make minimal changes for the match against Leos, bringing back centres Meshak Ochieng and Godfrey Mbea he first ph Cup rugby but the sta Our casual approach saw several mistakes combine to make a big problem tactically, but there were also refereeing issues” Nakuru’s Dominique Habimana and utility back Javan Murai. Wingers Cliff Amoko and the injured Larry Safari are expected to stay out. Nakuru have an unassailable lead but Habimana will be out to finish the first phase on a high, having rectified their mistakes in their 20-30 loss to Mwamba last weekend. “Our casual approach saw several mistakes combine to make a big problem tactically, but there were also refereeing issues,” said Habimana. “The outcome of the results won’t affect the standings but every game is a preparation for the next.” Habimana said he will introduce new tactics ahead of the semi-finals. Strathmore coach Mitch Ocholla reckons Nakuru will be a hard nut to crack at home but his charges are determined to beat the odds. “Victory will inspire the boys ahead of the semi-finals,” said Ocholla, who agrees a rematch with Nakuru is possible in the semi-finals. “A lot has changed in our systems and should that be the case, the match will not be like last year’s final,” he added. TODAY’S FIXTURES Kenya Cup: Mombasa v Impala (MSC); Western Bulls v Homeboyz (Kakamega High); Machine v Nondies (UoN); Kisumu v Quins (Kisumu Polytechnic); Blak Blad v KCB (KU); Eldoret v Mwamba (Eldoret Sports Club); Nakuru v Strathmore (NAC) CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION Brian Okwomi of Kenya Harlequins pushes the ball forward during their Kenya Cup match against Mwamba at the RFUEA ground on February 2. Kenya Harlequins won 22-10. Nakuru host Strathmore University today while Quins travel to Kisumu on the last day of the Kenya Cup regular season. Eric Shirley Shield (2pm): Mombasa II v Impala II (MSC); W.Bulls II v Homeboyz II (Kakamega High); Machine II v Nondies II (UoN); Kisumu II v Quins II (Kisumu Polytechnic); Blak Blad II v KCB II (KU); Eldoret II v Mwamba II (Eldoret Sports Club); Nakuru II v Strathmore II (NAC) Wakhu takes one-shot lead in ‘Nation’ Circuit at Kisumu BY LARRY NGALA @LarryNgala firstname.lastname@example.org Royal Nairobi Golf Club’s David Wakhu shot one under par despite hard greens on the Lakeside Nyanza Golf Club course to grab a one-shot lead in the first leg of this year’s Nation Golf Circuit yesterday. Wakhu dropped his first shot at the fourth, but made two back-toback birdies from the fifth, birdied the par five-10th at the back nine and later on at the 14th and 15th though dropped two more shots at the 12th and at the home green for his one under par 69. “The course is nice, particularly with the prevailing dry conditions although the greens are hard. You can not stop the ball on the green,’’ said Wakhu who starts today’s second round in the company of Mumias Sugar’s Dismas Indiza, Muthaiga’s Frank Matilo and Nanyuki-based Sullivan Muthugia. Indiza birdied two holes on the back nine, having bogeyed the third and the 16th later to finish on level par 70. Matilo birdied five holes but also dropped several shots to also wind up on 70, while Muthugia’s round included a low 31 made up of birdies on the second, fifth, sixth, and ninth. He was heading for a low round for the day until he bogeyed the 11th, 12th, 15th and 17th and double bogey at the 18th. Next to the three was Golf Park’s David Opati on one over par 71, tying with local amateur Peter Owino. Kenya Airforce’s Kelvin Mabele shot 72 to join the leader board. The pros will be joined by a field of 106 amateurs from Kakamega, Mumias, Kisii, Kericho and hosts Nyanza where over 14 prizes will be at stake for the amateurs. The pros are playing for Sh200,000. David Wakhu Dismas Indiza Frank Matilo LEADERBOARD 69 70 70 Sullivan Muthugia 70 David Opati Peter Owino Kelvin Mabele Kopan Timbe David Odhiambo 74 71 71 72, 73 SATURDAY NATION February 22, 2014 Teams chase Mwanyoha Open honours BY PHILIP ONYANGO email@example.com All roads lead to Kaya Tiwi Sec- ondary where schools will contest for top honours during the inaugural Mwanyoha Open basketball tournament today and tomorrow. Teams will use the tournament as a build-up for the upcoming secondary schools Term One games. Already 32 school teams and clubs have confirmed participation for the first edition of the tournament sponsored by Matuga MP Hassan Mwanyoha. According to the tournament’s coordinator Robert Aran who is also the principal of Kaya Tiwi High School, former Coast champions Mombasa Baptist High and Serani Secondary are some of the schools that have confirmed participation in the boys’ category. East Africa secondary school champions Shimba Hills and Matuga have also confirmed participation in the girls’ category. Others are Waa Boys, Kwale High, Waa Girls, hosts Kaya Tiwi, Aga Khan Academy and St John’s Kaloleni. 32 Teams that have confirmed participation in the Mwanyoha Open basketball tournament Clubs that are expected at the event include Oceaners, Makupa Lakers, Creeks, Buxton Hawks, Ukunda Marines and Kiembeni Heats. According to Aran, trophies, medals and cash awards will be up for grabs at the tournament. Eldoret drivers seek old glory BY ABDUL SIDI firstname.lastname@example.org New officials of the Eldoret-based Western Kenya Motor Club (WKMC) have embarked on a plan to revive the body. Regarded one of the oldest motor sport clubs in the country, WKMC took a nose dive in 2012 and missed the national series due to mismanagement and wrangles. The re-election of Sinder Sudle as chairman offers club hope of revival as it seeks to return to the Kenya National Rally Championship. “I was shocked to see the number of people who turned up for the annual general meeting. It clearly shows they have been deprived of rally action,’’ said Sudle, who added that he is out to revive the once popular Raymonds Rally in the region. A rally enthusiast, Sudle is seen as the man to put WKMC back on track as serious contenders for KNRC title. He is a renowned navigator, having teamed up with drivers in major rallies in Kenya and Tanzania. WKMC officials: Chairman - Sinder Singh Sudle, vice chair - Jagjit Singh Patter. Hon secretary - Josphine Sandhu. Hon treasurer - Gurvinder Singh Ranauta. Committee Members: Kimeli Korir, Daya Singh Kalsi, Nilesh Aggarwal, Miten Lodhia, Harcharanpreet Singh Lochab.
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