While Strathmore Leos, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, and Mean Machine have done enough to secure Championship playoff qualification, there still is an almighty battle to secure the remaining three slots with two rounds of the regular season still to play.
Any one of these six teams – USIU Martials, Egerton Wasps, South Coast Pirates, Northern Suburbs, UoE Trojans and Catholic Monks could still sneak into the post season but this is purely dependent on the outcomes of their remaining fixtures.
Simply put, two bonus point wins is all they need….while obviously counting on their opponents to slip up. That is the ideal situation, but certainly won’t be the actual situation on match day 14 and 15.
Either way, it still is a tight race.
Fast forward to match day 15 fixtures and Strathmore Leos will be out to extend their perfect run this season when they host relegation threatened Mombasa at The Cage in Madaraka. The Leos have been flawless all season in their quest to return to the top tier Kenya Cup, boasting 14 wins from 14 outings and as mentioned earlier in this text, have already secured home semifinal qualification. They warmed up for this clash with a 33-15 win away to the Catholic Monks while Mombasa fell 29-13 to South Coast Pirates in an entertaining Pwani Derby fixture last weekend at the Mombasa Sports Club.
Second placed MMUST are at home to already relegated Kisii. MMUST were made to work for last weekend’s 5-0 win away to Eldoret as Kisii were beaten at home, going down 16-3 to playoff chasing USIU Martials.
Two teams with playoff ambitions duel at the Catholic University ground. These are seventh placed Northern Suburbs and sixth placed South Coast Pirates. The two sides registered confidence boosting wins on match day 14, Suburbs stunning pre-match favorites Mean Machine 18-10 as Pirates won their derby clash against Mombasa.
Playoff qualification may have already been secured for Mean Machine but they will be out to bounce back from last weekend’s shock result to Suburbs when they host Catholic Monks who will be out to secure a positive result that could keep their playoff and survival hopes alive.
The USIU Martials are at home to the UoE Trojans with Eldoret hosting Egerton Wasps.