NAIROBI, Kenya, September 6, 2021/ — Trailing 20-0 at half time, KCB recovered to win their eighth Kenya Cup title with a 28-25 win over Kabras Sugar in an entertaining final at the Nandi Bears Club in Nandi Hills on Saturday 4 September 2021.
It was Kabras who dominated an incident-filled first half, racing to a 6-0 lead through a brace of penalties from Ntubeni Dukisa.
The South African fly half would then convert Jone Kubu’s two tries in a half that saw KCB lose Isaac Njoroge, collectively to a yellow card and injury as well as Rocky Aguko to a leg injury.
KCB would respond with a try after the break, Jacob Ojee touching down to make it 20-5 before Darwin Mukidza drilled home a penalty to make it 20-8.
A second successive yellow card for KCB saw Kenya Sevens legend Andrew Amonde spend ten minutes in the bin, Valerian Tendwa grounding Kubu’s clever chip for a 25-8 Kabras lead, the last time the hosts scored in this match.
KCB began their fight back slowly, Mukidza with a penalty to make it 25-11 after 68 minutes before Amonde, backed from the bin, barged over, Mukidza sure with the extras to make it 25-18.
Mukidza would visit the bin, KCB again down to 14 men but holding forte. They would level the scores through Vincent Onyala’s last gasp try with a returning Mukidza converting to tie the game 25-25 at full time, sending this game into sudden death extra time.
The tension spilled over into the make or break phase of this encounter, Dukisa missing a penalty for Kabras before Mukidza drilled over the decisive kick, KCB claiming their fourth title in a row and eighth overall since their first win in 2005.
NAIROBI, Kenya, August 30, 2021/ — Kabras Sugar and defending champions KCB meet in the 2021 Kenya Cup final at 2.00pm at the Nandi Bears Club on Saturday 4 September 2021.
Why is it being played in Nandi?
Kabras Sugar have been using the Nandi Bears Club as their home ground for the better part of this season, and since they were the highest ranked team at the close of the league phase, they were guaranteed a home semifinal and final in the event that they emerged victorious.
Paths to the final
After topping the league phase of the competition unbeaten, Kabras Sugar defeated Strathmore Leos 39-19 in their semifinal at the Nandi Bears on Saturday 28 August 2021.
KCB finished second, suffering only one defeat along the way, and that was against Kabras. They also earned a home semifinal by virtue of a top two finish and defeated Menengai Oilers 35-17 at the KCB Sports Club.
The two sides have met in four previous Kenya Cup finals – 2015,17,18 & 19 – all of them ending in KCB’s favor.
Kabras though, have won the two most recent fixtures against the bankers – 19-6 during the suspended 2019/20 season and 30-23 during this season’s league phase.
Kabras Sugar have one Kenya Cup title to their name, winning the 2016 competition with a 22-5 final win over Impala Saracens.
Current holders KCB have seven titles to their name – 2005,06,07,15,17,18 & 19.
KCB RFC successfully retained the Kenya Cup title with a remarkable 23-15 victory over Kabras on Saturday at the Kakamega showground.
The Curtis Olago squad masterminded one of the game’s greatest comebacks after a spirited Kabras set the course for victory.
Jacob Ojee broke the deadlock opening the scores followed by a conversion for a 7-0 lead by KCB.
Kabras responded with a try to leave the scores at 7-5 with Philip Wokorach missing a conversion
But Kabras fought hard, slipping home two tries to lead 15-7 against KCB.
Hundreds of fans cheered on KCB when all appeared to be lost with Kabras fans taunting them.
The bankers sprung back to life with superb attacking with Ahmed Shaban diving over the white wash to give KCB a 18-15 lead while Jacob Ojee added the twos.
Ojee drilled in another penalty to give the bankers a 23-15 lead. KCB held on to the lead thwarting attacks from the opponents to be crowned the champions.
The team was awarded Sh1 million for winning the Kenya Cup for the 3rd consecutive time.
It was a match that many will never forget with the players and the fans in tears after the victory
KCB Head Coach Curtis Olago was a happy man after the victory. “The game was special, it is a historic win for KCB with Pure class, dedication and perfection” he said.
It was double victory for KCB as the KCB B also won the ESS Cup. The bankers beat Homeboyz 11-5 in a final match staged at KCB Sports Club.