Amonde aimed a subtle dig at Nondies after KCB had been largely decimated after most of the players went away on international duty with Kenya Simbas.
KCB RFC coach Andrew Amonde is in awe of the side’s strength in depth after they overcame Nondescripts in the final of the Impala Floodlit tournament to lay their hands on the trophy for a record 10th time.
The Bankers had been largely decimated after most of the players went away on international duty with Kenya Simbas ahead of the Victoria and Elgon Cup assignments next month, and it was no surprise to see them getting frustrated by Nondies, who forced the game into extra time before Darwin Mukidza’s three penalties gave them an edge, winning 25-23.
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Speaking after the match, Amonde said that the tournament was all about giving new players a chance to play in order to know where they stand when the season starts and the quality of depth will be put to the test.
“It was just a final. Finals have their own headaches, so we got ourselves slow when we started playing. I think we just pulled out at the last minute and won the game at extra time,” Amonde told Pulse Sports.
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“It was just about giving everyone a chance to play. We have lost a lot of players to the national team and we are just starting to give chances to the new guys who are coming in and trying the new system.
“It is just a matter of growing the team and getting everyone into the same circle. Considering most of our players are with the national teams, showing we still have a team.”
Amonde aimed a subtle dig at Callum Oliver’s Nondies, saying that their best team could not beat his heavily rotated squad.
“Nondies had no players who left for international duty. That is the best squad they have for the league. I think we can back ourselves in the sense that we still have players who can come back and make us stronger.”
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KCB will now put themselves in a good place ahead of the Kenya Cup next month, as they have four more weeks to sharpen their rough edges before they commence on trying to ammend their mistakes from failing to win the Kenya and Enterprise Cups last season at Kabras Sugar’s expense.
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