Strathmore Leos captain Gabriel Adero is optimistic of making the Kenya Cup finals ahead of their semifinals playoff match against heavyweight Kabras Sugar.
Speaking to the Standard Sports, Adero said reaching the playoffs was one of their goals after earning promotion from the KRU Championship, a target they now want to surpass.
“Leos is a great team with very skillful young players who are always ready to work together so as to achieve a common goal. It’s been a heavy task for us, coming from a relegation side to set a goal of playing Kenya Cup playoffs this season.”
“This weekend we have a very big task ahead playing Kabras for the second time this season but now on the semi-finals, since this is a new chapter we’re heading to we expect a positive results coz this is what we have been working for,” said Adero.
After earning a promotion to Kenya Cup, Leos finished in the top four and made the semis for the second time after previously playing Mwamba in the semis in 2013.
“The last time we played in the semis was 2013. It’s a greater achievement as a team with the help of coach “Louis Kisia” to reach here. It can only get better,” he added.
Kabras thrashed Leos 35-9 during the regular season and Leos will be eying to put a fight again this weekend at Nandi Bears Club.
Defending Kenya Cup champions KCB Rugby Club will play Menengai Oilers in the Kenya Cup playoff matches set for Saturday.
The semis will feature four sides that finished in the top four in the 2021 Kenya Cup campaign
KCB RFC who finished second in the regular league losing just one game, at the hands of Kabras, will be aiming to go past the Oilers at the KCB Sports Club.
The Bankers will be featuring in the semis for the seventh time since 2014.
On the other hand, Oilers will be appearing in the Kenya Cup semis for the first time.
This is an improvement for the club which got promoted three years ago. Oilers finished sixth last season and have finished third this season.
Both matches will kick off at 2.00 pm East African Time.
The winners of the semifinal fixtures will clash in the final on Saturday, September 4.