KCB are the 2007 Impala Floodlit Champions.The Lions won title with a hard fought 14-13 victory over Mwamba RFC in a tense final played last night at the Impala Club.
The bankers rallied from 13-8 down at one point to sneak past Mwamba and reclaim the trophy they previously won in 2005.
KCB (in Green) contest a line out with Mwamba (in black)
(photo courtesy of CampusVybe.com)
KCB scored their points from the boot of inspirational scrum half Peter Mutai who kicked over three penalties and captain Paul Murunga who scored an unconverted try.Mwamba's points came from Humphery Kayange who kicked over two penalties and a conversion and Ben Amboko who scored a try.
Speaking to THE LIONS DEN after the match,Paul Murunga said ,"...the game was hard...we took long to settle..but the second half saw us step up and take control of the game." Coach Michael Otieno was elated with the win.
Mwamba player/coach Richard Nyakwakwa rued the fact that his side threw away a ten point lead at one stage of the game to eventually lose saying his side got anxious allowing KCB to catch up and win the game.He however gave credit to KCB terming them a very good side and also viewed his side's loss as encouragement for the forthcoming season.
MUTAI AND MURUNGA AWARDED
Mutai and Murunga scooped more awards in addition to their winners medals.Mutai took home the most valuable player and top points scorer awards with Murunga taking home the top try scorer's award.
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IMPALA CLAIM THIRD PLACE
Hosts Impala RFC beat Strathmore University 28-7 to claim third place.Impala scored their points through Kevin Imbunge,David Matasio,Felix Makori and Steve Oyayo who all touched down once.Moses Kola kicked over one convesrion with Mike Gitaru putting over two penalties for the Gazelles.Eric Kioko scored Strathmore's only try which was converted by Joshua Gathumbi.
Charles Ngovi,the Impala coach,told THE LIONS DEN that he viewed the tournament as a very important one for his side,terming it as part of the selection process for the Kenya Cup and other assignments in the forthcoming season.
Strathmore captain Wycliffe Kibet spoke about his side's need to improve on their finishing.Player.coach Mitchell Ocholla viewed the tournament as a suitable build up for the team.
With the curtains going down on the 25th Impala floodlit tournament,the focus now shifts to the Kenya Cup and Eric Shirley Shield leagues which kick off on Saturday 2nd March 2007 at various venues countrywide.
Nakumatt, Zoo Kericho suspended from KPL - Mativo directed that the league reverts to a 16-team competition.
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