Enterprise Cup defending champions KCB have credited their youngsters as the reason behind their surge to the final of this year’s tournament.
An inexperienced KCB side overcame Strathmore Leos 22-0 in the semi-final at the weekend to set up a finals date with Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar who beat Impala 24-5 in the other last four tie.
The bankers had expected a tough match after the contest ended scoreless in the first half but they upped the ante after the break to the delight of team manager Ronney Kangeta.
“We are fielding players who have been playing for the second team yet they have positively taken up the challenge, it is a great feeling,” said Kangeta.
KCB’s defensive play was impressive as they held the Leos’ hard-running backline from touching down despite the many chances they had created. The win was not seamless for the bankers though and Kangeta reckons there are some areas they will need to work on if they are to overcome Kabras.
“We will have to work on our scrum ahead of the finals since it did not work according to our playing structure and we lost so many balls to them,” added Kangeta.
For Kabras, a double is within sight now after a relatively easy win against Impala whom they beat to lift the Kenya Cup title last month.
“It is a good feeling to reach our first Enterprise Cup finals and we are focused on winning the title. Against Impala, we played according to our game plan, defended well and capitalised on their mistakes and our counter attack paid off,” said Kabras assistant coach Anthony Ogot who will not be making any changes to his squad for the final, believing they are up to task for the physical battle expected.
“We believe in their abilities and we saw how hungry and determined they are to lift the title so we will let them do the hunt uninterrupted,” added Ogot. The final is slated for Saturday at Nairobi’s RFUEA grounds.