The Star (Nairobi)

27 November 2012

Kenya: Impala Promise to Bounce Back After String of Poor Displays

Former Kenya Cup rugby champions Impala have vowed to bounce back after suffering their fourth successive defeat over the weekend

The 10-time winners of the league title are placed third from bottom with two points and are yet to register a win. Team manager Nick Abok said the club is in transition and though they are enduring difficult times, the team will start winning soon.

"We are in transition at the moment after losing players in the last two years and we are banking on our young players to come through at some point" he added.

Abok said the club's policy is to develop players from schools and give them a chance, instead of signing players from clubs. "We want to develop players from schools and give them a chance. Very soon I know we will start registering positive results," added Abok.

Impala were hit hard with players leaving and those that have left include Lawrence Buyachi who has rejoined Nakuru RFC, Leslie Ochieng (Nondies), Dennis Karani (Quins), Nato Simiyu (Quins), Kelvin Omiyo, Peter Ocholla and Malik Ndemi just to mention a few.

Impala lost their opening match 15-0 to Nondies before a shock 21-18 loss to newly promoted Western Bulls on match Day Two . The side known as the Gazelles then lost to Mwamba 24-18 and 22-10 to KCB over the weekend.

Impala flanker Joel Omer was hit with a 10-week ban for abusing the referee hence subjecting Impala to a major blow after losing one of their most experienced players.

Impala next face Strathmore and Nakuru before the league takes a break mid next month. Abok said he is targeting to win the two fixtures.

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