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Thika Rugby Football Club Set For 2015/2016 Kenya Cup.

Newly promoted Kenya Cup side Thika RFC have had a massive recruitment in their readiness for the forthcoming new Kenya Cup season that is set to start in mid November.
The Thika Town based club went unbeaten last season in the Nationwide League but a few of the players got jobs elsewhere in the country and left while others who were schooling at MKU Thika completed their studies. The most notable one being Victor ‘Wanyama’ Imela who left for Impala.
Gerald Chege the club’s chairman says the recruitment drive will continue till the last day of October.
“A few more players will join us from this weekend as we look to play sufficiently well to remain in the Kenya Cup. We have built our own players, coaches and capacity. Preparations are in top gear and we’ve put our own structures since this is a long journey. After two or three years we can compete with the big boys.”
Thika have their opening match against defending champions KCB at Ruaraka and have lined up a series of friendlies before the big day. They expect to play the first loser of the Impala Floodlit next weekend, a midweek friendly against Blak Blad and the last one against Homeboyz RFC.
“We’ve set these friendlies as preparations for our new boys. We want them get a feel of each other as a team, their best positions and weaknesses,” Chege said.
The team has not been very busy since the end of the last season that ended in May. As Head Coach Peter Mutai says, the time between now and November will define their future.
“We’ve just started picking up because the schools had closed but now the numbers are good and we’ll put in more hard work. We’ll raise the tempo of our training in these remaining six weeks as we have to be mentally and physically ready.”
Mutai spent 10 years at KCB and the opening fixture will be a welcome back for him but the ever smiling coach targets nothing short of a win.
“I don’t play to lose. I’m giving the boys all they need to focus on that particular fixture. My target is to train hard and play well, we had a good season last year and we want to take the winning spirit to the Kenya Cup”.
Mutai says the team spirit is what he’s banking on and not outstanding performance from a few individuals. The half backs showed maturity towards the end of last season although they had lapses while the breakdown is faster now and they should expect productivity.
The team is also working on speed and ball control with new boys from JKUAT and Nakuru looking to fill the gap left by Imela.
Part of Thika RFC Squad:
Peter Kamau, Allan Munene, Mbuthia Kirkroy, Ian Nyika (Props), Dominic Kimathi, George Isanya, Richard Murunga, Biko Kirowo (Back Row), Edwin Kamau, Otieno Owino (Second Row), James Waithaka (Full back), Muchui Muriithi, Samuel Kinua (Half-back), Richard Awega, Benjamin Mutunga (Centre), Edwin Mbare (Blind wing).

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