Resolution Impala Saracens made two changes ahead of Saturday’s Enterprise Cup semifinal away to newly crowned Kenya Cup champions Kabras Sugar in Kakamega. It will be recalled that the two sides met met in the Kenya Cup final slightly under a month ago, Kabras running off with the 22-5 result on the day to claim their first ever league crown.
Director of Rugby Fred Ollows has made only two changes, in the forwards; hooker and tight head prop respectively. All other positions remain unchanged.
“This is an enterprising squad looking forward to the Kabras test. Knockout matches have an all or nothing element to them which creates real excitement,” said Ollows. “We’re pleasantly surprised that there are players picking new form at this late point.”
Kenya trialist Stephen Juma starts at loosehead prop, Daniel Ndome moves to the starting lineup from the bench, in the Mwamba match. That sees Kelvins Karani take up replacement duties. His brother Dennis Karani returns to the tight head prop position. He has been released for club duty from the Kenya Simbas (Fifteens) side.
The rest of the teams remains untouched from the Mwamba side. Davis Makori will be working with Daniel Abok at the lock position. Joel Omer, Paul Mutsami and Duncan Ekasi form the backrow.
Mohammed Omollo will be at the base with Anthony Nyandigisi partnering him as half backs. Kevin Ochami and Israel Soi will be the centres. Lameck Dunde, Quinto Ongo and Mark Kwemoi complete the team as the back three.
Resolution Impala Saracens
15. Mark Kwemoi, 14. Quinto Ongo, 13. Israel Soi, 12. Kevin Ochami, 11. Lameck Dunde, 10. Anthony Nyandigisi, 9. Mohamed Omollo, 1. Stephen Juma, 2. Dan Ndome, 3. Dennis Karani, 4. Davis Makori, 5. Daniel Abok, 6. Joel Omer, 7. Paul Mutsami, 8. Duncan Ekasi (c)
Replacements: 16. Kelvins Karani, 17. Neville Omondi, 18. Paul Oimbo, 19. Steve Shammah, 20. Moses Kola, 21. Patrick Mutuku, 22.Samuel Motari, 23. Meshack Tunechi
– Additional Reporting courtesy of Impala Saracens