Common sense would dictate that Menengai Cream Homeboyz’ comprehensive win away to Kabras Sugar earlier this season gives them the psychological advantage heading into Saturday’s Kenya Cup semi-final.
Kabras set up this date by virtue of beating Strathmore Leos 43-13 in last weekend’s Top 6 playoff in Kakamega.
Kabras diehards and the neutrals will probably be adamant that opposite rings true as they return to the Jamhuri Park seeking to replicate last year’s 22-17 come from behind win over the deejays that saw them return to a third successive final.
Guaranteed a home semfinal by virtue of a top two finish, Homeboyz are in good form themselves, they finished the regular season in second place, with the second best record after posting ten wins and the solitary loss to KCB and will certainly be out to right the wrongs of last season where their highly vaunted title ambitions became a cropper when they blew away a 17-0 lead to fall the same opponent in a semifinal fixture under the pouring rain in Nairobi, this implosion coming after a season in which they were imperious, sublime even.
The deejays are a good side, they know what they are capable of doing but will need the presence of mind to know what stage of the season this is, something that their opponents, Kabras know what to do.
Sample this, the sugar daddies have reached the final three consecutive times since their promotion for the 2014/15 season. They have traditionally been lukewarm during the league phase, doing just enough to get to the playoffs where they morph into a totally different unit.
Both sides will come into this fixture looking to play well and produce a special, match winning performance and compete for the Kenyan league crown on Saturday 24 March 2018.
Head Coaches Paul Murunga (Homeboyz) and Charles Cardovillis (Kabras) are expected to name their match day squads on Thursday night.