Kabras Sugar coach explains why his side have been dominant after completing Kenya Cup hat-trick

Kabras Sugar players after winning the 2023-24 Kenya Cup title. Photo: SportPesa

Kabras Sugar coach explains why his side have been dominant after completing Kenya Cup hat-trick

Joel Omotto 08:00 - 08.04.2024

Kabras Sugar coach Carlos Katywa has revealed why his team has been hard to break after joining the Kenya Cup three-peat club by completing the season unbeaten.

Kabras Sugar coach Carlos Katywa has credited his team’s unblemished run in the Kenya Cup to the depth within his squad.

The sugar millers beat KCB 29-5 to win their third straight Kenya Cup title, joining the likes of Nondies, Impala, Kenya Harlequin and KCB themselves as the teams that have managed the three-peat since 1970.

Kabras are now unbeaten in 26 matches under Katywa and have won 28 in a row, having also silenced KCB in four straight matches.

It has been another formidable season for the Kakamega-based side but their coach is not surprised given what he has at his disposal.

“At the start of the season, we always start plus, minus 50 players,” Katywa told NTV. “We do not individualise our team, if [Jone] Kubu is not playing we have Lameck [Ambetsa], if he is not playing we have someone else.”

“This team is based on value-based principals so not just individuals. Not that we do not miss Kubu, he is a special player, but we do not individualise our team we play as a team collectively.”

Kabras took a 7-0 lead at the Kakamega ASK Showground on Saturday April 6 courtesy of Walter Okoth’s try which was converted by Ntabeni Dukisa.

A penalty and a try from Kevin Wekesa saw Kabras make it 15-0 before KCB were reduced to 14 men, handing their rivals a big advantage.

Dukisa would seize the moment to score a try which he converted for 22-0 but he would soon be sin binned, handing KCB a momentum of sorts which they used to score what turned out to be their consolation try through Vincent Onyala for 22-5.

KCB would have a man sin binned again but Kabras did not capitalise on their numerical strength until late on when Brian Tanga scored a converted try for the big win.

Despite the loss, KCB coach Curtis Olago was still delighted by the season his side have had.

“Kudos to the club and the boys for making finals every year. It is not a mean feat, it means our club is working hard. It is a transitional period but still making finals. It has been a massive season for us but we are still rebuilding,” said Olago.

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