The quest for the fourth and final Kenya Cup semifinal spot appears to be headed to the wire with Kabras Sugar, Mwamba, Resolution Impala Saracens and Homeboyz all in with a chance with three rounds of action left.
The lucky team will look to join current leaders KCB, defending champions Top Fry Nakuru and Pan Africa Strathmore Leos who are virtually assured of featuring in the playoffs.
The sugar millers from Western Kenya had come into Saturday’s fixture against Mwamba lying fourth and with a five point gap over their hosts. A win for Kabras would have seen them open up a sizeable lead, one that would have almost certainly put them in good stead to reach the playoffs.
Mwamba had other ideas, beating Kabras 22-17,a result that breathed life into their own playoff hopes, which seemed to be flailing as a result of three straight defeats prior to this fixture. They cut the deficit between them and Kabras to just three points.
Resolution Impala Saracen’s late push gained more impetus courtesy of the 34-8 win over Mean Machine on Saturday. This win saw the Sarries rise to sixth, just five points behind fourth placed Kabras Sugar and fifth placed Mwamba.
Homeboyz lie seventh, and will rue the lost chances that saw them fall to a 15-12 home defeat to champions Top Fry Nakuru on Saturday. A win against the champions would have lifted them to fifth on the log but it didn’t happen.
The last three rounds of matches will be crucial for these sides.
Kabras will simply look to stay ahead of the chasing trio. Staying ahead in this case requires winning. They have three potentially tricky fixtures to navigate against Homeboyz (7th February), Kenya Harlequin ( 14th February) and Pan Africa Strathmore Leos ( 21st February).
Mwamba have Mombasa ( 7th February), Blak Blad ( 14th February) and Mean Machine (21st February).
Impala will play Catholic Monks (7th February), Western Bulls (14th February) and Total Nondies (21st February)
Homeboyz have matches against Kabras Sugar ( 7th February), Mombasa Sports Club (14th February) and Blak Blad (21st February).
Let’s see how it plays out.