KCB Recruit Six, Aim To Bounce Back

Lucy Sakong (13), Sally Wanjala(1), Elshiba Chepkemboi(4) and Sharleen Maiwa(3) the new KCB volleyball team sign ins during a training at the Railways Club grounds,Nairobi

For KCB the trip to Nyeri for the National league kick off fixture will be turned into a team-bonding, and spirits-raising outing with new players expected to grab major victories this year.

KCB women Volleyball team Head Coach John Khayinga says the new signings are ready to steer the club to the next level. The squad that has been in the camp training for the new season will see the inclusion of new signings Joyce Njeri, Lucy Sakon’g, Dorcas Chepleting, Sally Wanjala and Shalin Maiwa in the final squad during the Nyeri outing

“The players have fitted very well in the squad and they are energised and looking forward to grabbing our first victory this season”, said Khayinga.

Joyce Njeri who joins KCB from Lugulu Girls believes she will shake the team back into life.

“It was always my dream and I will give my best to KCB this season, we will be a force to reckon with “, said Joyce.

KCB will play at Kamukunji Grounds in Nyeri on March 1-3, before the second leg at Ndakaini Dam in Thika. The team finished 3rd last season after the national playoffs.

The bankers will have Helen Chemutai and Linnet Mukambi as the liberos this season. Middle blockers include Dorcas Chepleting, Siwa Christine and Modesta Chepchirchir.

Felly Wanjala, Gladys Wairimu and Farida Efumbi setters. KCB has signed Prisons Elishiba Chepkemboi and felly Wanjala. The squad will rely on the impressive left attacker Doreen Marani.

KCB defeated Pipeline 3-0 during a league match and Eldama Ravine last season and will be looking forward to a repeat of the same with Prisons when they meet later this year.

Eldoret’s Pro Simwa On KCB Karen Masters Jacket

Every victory in golf needs proper preparation as well as a game plan and in golf from 17th through the third day on 19th Sunday March, the execution will be at KCB Karen Masters.

Eldoret Club resident pro Boniface Simwa is a happy man after making the cut to the prestigious event. And now his major focus is showing the PGA Pro that local Pros will be no push overs during the KCB sponsored golf Tourney.

The swing will give way to 15,000 US Dollars prize money, and best Pros have KCB Karen Masters on their minds.

“Of course KCB Karen Masters is so huge in the continental golf outlook this year,” said Boniface Simwa. “There is such a long build up and the anticipation from everyone and we have a point to prove to the PGA Pros.” said Simwa.

Things will get serious on Thursday 16th March once the PGA Golfers land in the country. Players have already started making their pre-KCB Karen Masters trips to Karen Country club.

PGA Trickster Karsten Maas in recent weeks visited the golf course to ahead of the major tournament.  Maas reiterated that local golfers could spring a surprise something that Simwa agrees with.

“I have played at the golf course twice and I guess I have learnt what it takes to play very well , The week before it’s important of course to have a practice round, this will help so your mind can picture it clearly,” Boniface Said.

The conditions of the course are already more pristine than usual. It’s even in better shape this month and playing this year might be a little more challenging. There are severe changes on the course from the golf with the greens having been reconstructed afresh ahead of the KCB Karen Masters.

The anticipation keeps growing when as the local pros battle for the 22 slots leading into the KCB Karen Masters. Already Dismas Indiza and CJ Wangai and Simwa have made the cut.

 

The golfers will have to pick their brains about getting their mental toughness in KCB Karen -ready shape.

“It is the mind-set, mental toughness and effort that one needs to succeed at this tournament. I can win the inaugural KCB Karen Masters and this will propel me to play at major events in the world” said Simwa.

“When we I  leave Eldoret for the KCB Karen Masters,  I will be set on knocking out everything I  can in tournament play, and hopefully grab a win in the process, because that’s the best way to prepare before heading over to other global events.”

“I probably started thinking about it as soon as the tournament was launched” he said of the KCB Karen Maters. “It’s a special event that will expose me to the rest of the world.

 

The Pro Am will kick off on Friday but as much as anyone would like to take home those trophies, this stretch of KCB Karen Masters remains a prelude to the pursuit of a blue jacket.

KCB recall Amonde, Homeboyz to miss Oluoch

KCB have recalled Kenya Sevens captain Andrew Amonde ahead of their crucial Kenya Cup round 13 tie with Homeboyz tomorrow at Ruaraka.

The bankers lead the log with 50 points, five ahead of second placed Kenya Harlequins and remain the only unbeaten side. 

Amonde has been with the national sevens side but is available for only the 13th round of the league as he will be heading to Las Vegas in a week’s time. 

They face a tricky Homeboyz side that has been unstoppable in recent days sitting fourth with 39 points and beat both Impala and Quins in a span of seven days. 

From the side that put 50 points past struggling Strathmore Leos, Peter Karia makes way for George Asin at hooking so as Ian Indimuli for Nick Ongeri at lock. 

Amonde replaces Rocky Aguko while scrum-half former Kenya Under 19 talisman Marlin Mukolwe is in for Michael Wanjala.

Homeboyz will miss the services of their vice-skipper Jeff Oluoch who is ruled out with a knock he picked against Mean Machine a week ago. 

Homeboyz
1.Thomas Okidia 2.Philip Ikambili 3.Bramwell Mayaka 4.Emmanuel Mavala 5.Andrew Chovo 6.Elisha Okello 7.Keith Wasike 8.Steve Otieno 9.Kelvin Masai 10.Michael Wanjala 11.Alvin Otieno 12.Maxwell Kangeri 13.Nelson Sangura 14.Collins Shikoli 15.Tony Onyango
Replacements 16.Elvis Wekesa 17.Elfas Etemesi 18.Roy Wesonga 19.Stanley Isogol 20.Bush Male 21.Augustine Lugonzo 22.Oscar Ayodi 23.Leonard Mugaisi

KCB 

1. Amusala Moses 2. Asin George 3. Lilako Curtis 4. Ongeri Nick 5. Mangeni Oliver 6. Chenge Davis 7. Waitere Peter 8. Amonde Andrew 9. Mukolwe Marlin 10. Shaban Ahmed

11. Ojee Jacob 12. Omondi Brian 13. Kilonzo James 14. Kilonzo Peter 15. Mukidza Darwin

Replacements
16. Karia Peter 17. Olola Jerry 18. Gichure George 19. Mwita Francis 20. Owila Martin 21. Wanjala Michael 22. Abeka Stafford 23. Otieno Essau

 

Watch Mwamba, KCB Rugby do Bazokizo challenge

Bazokizo challenge seems to have found it’s way to Kenya Rugby Circles with top sides using it to celebrate wins in recent days.

2015 Kenya Cup champions KCB were on it when they beat Top Fry Nakuru in Nakuru while it was the same case in Western when Mwamba RFC saw off Western Bulls.

Just who between KCB(in green) and Mwamba(In Black) nailed it? Watch the two videos below:

 

KCB’s Andola resumes training

Kenya Cup side KCB have received a major boost by the return of fly-half Kenny Andola to training after weeks on the sidelines.

Andola has been sidelined for more than two months due to a shoulder injury sustained during the quarterfinals of the Impala Floodlit tournament on Saturday October 1, 2016 at Impala Club.

The South Coast Pirates coach had a partial tear on the bicep joining to the shoulder and did not return by the time he was expected to leading to him missing the rest of the floodlit tournament as well as the Kenya Cup opening rounds.

The shoulder injury also denied Andola a chance to play in Dubai Sevens with UR7s Wanderers and remains sidelined for the fifth round of the Kenya Cup when KCB will be travelling to Kakamega to take on defending champions Kabras Sugar

Floodies tournament set for Finale

Impala Floodlit tournament will conclude on Saturday October 15, 2016 at Impala Club with five finals taking place till from 11am.

First match of the day will see Ladies take to the field where Thika Road Franchise will be playing Ngong road Franchise at 11.40am.

School Rugby will then follow at 1.30pm as fast-rising Ofafa Jericho takes on Laiser Hill before newly-formed Menengai Oilers plays Blakblad II in the Universities category.

Menengai Cream Homeboyz will then take on Strathmore Leos in the Plate final before hosts Impala Saracens playn KCB in the cup final from 7pm in a repeat of last year’s final.

Clubs
Impala vs KCB

Plate Final
Strathmore vs Homeboyz

Universities
Blakblad II vs Menengai Oilers

Schools
Laiser Hill vs Ofafa Jericho

Women
Thika Road vs Ngong Road