Gallant KCB does it again, bag Kenya Cup in style: PHOTOS
Kenya Commercial Bank bagged the 2018 Kenyan Cup title unbeaten after seeing off Kabras Sugar 29-24 at Ruaraka grounds, claiming their sixth league crown.
In a feisty showdown, neither side left anything to chance, but it was the bankers who prevailed in the breath-taking clash.
Former Kenya Simba captain Brian Nyikuli went over the whitewash for KCB after a well worked move from his team mates after Asuman Mugerwa was sent to the bin for a dangerous tackle for MVP Darwin Mukidza to slot in the extras.
Ugandan international Philip Wokorach scored Kabras’s first penalty to hand Charles Cardovilles side its first three points. Thereafter Kabras intercepted a KCB’s line out to land on the 22 yard of KCB territory to score a beauty of a try through Johnstone Mungau.
The burly Coleman Were scored Kabras Sugar’s second, off a maul but that lead was short-lived after eighth man Peter Waitere took KCB’s lead to 14-13 at the disappointment of the visiting fans.
Speedster Jacob Ojee outpaced Kabras backline for the bankers to take the lead to a 19-13 before centre referee South African blew the half-time whistle.
Wokorach slotted in a penalty for Kabras soon after the break to bring the game to 16-19 but his opposite number and rival Mukidza extended the lead with three points after an infringement from the Kabras defender’s for a 22-16 lead.
The Ugandan captain Wokorach hauled the sugar men to within reaching distance at 21-22 with but unconverted try proofed costly for them after flanker Martin Owila scored under the posts for KCB to lead 29-22, with Mukidza’s slotting in the added conversion.
Owilla had to fend off three Kabras defenders and stretches for the try line.
But Wokorach responded for Kabras to score another penalty for Kabras to bring the game within their reach.
But with only five minutes to go before the hooter, Kabras unleashed all their arsenal but it was not enough to overpower the defending champions who bravely held on for a 29 -21 score to lift the coveted crown.In the Eric Shirley Shield, KCB cubs were snatched the title by Impala Cubs, falling 22-17.