MURUNGA OPTIMISTIC

Quins to face Menengai Oilers in raft of pre-season friendlies

The Ngong Road giants will play last year's losing finalists Menengai Oilers, Western Bulls and Catholic Monks.

In Summary

•The tactician said so far 120 players turned up for training and it will be tall order to in getting 60 players for both the Kenya Cup and Eric Shirley teams 

•In the backs Cornelius Mukoro, Dominic Osino and Lucky Dewald will be key.

Former Kenya sevens head coach Paul Murunga
Former Kenya sevens head coach Paul Murunga

Quins will play four friendly matches in readiness for the start of the 2022-2023 Kenya Cup season starting in November.

The Ngong Road giants will play last year's losing finalists Menengai Oilers, Western Bulls and Catholic Monks.

Speaking on Monday, head coach Paul Murunga said a winning mentality will be key for his charges if they are to improve and be competitive in the upcoming season.

“Since coming here in May, I and the technical bench have created the right environment including providing players with meals,  gym equipment and a proper pre-season which will have the players being fitter and stronger," he added.

The eight-time Kenya Cup champions had a season to forget last season, narrowly avoiding relegation and finishing 11th on the log with three wins and eight losses, a fact not lost to the coach.

“The reason we lost last year was because we did not have a proper pre-season. If anything, most of the matches the team lost were in the second half and we did not have the energy and drive to play the full 80 minutes," noted Murunga.

The former Kenya Sevens assistant and Kenya Under-20 coach said they have done four weeks of pre-season and still have another month to get in shape.

“We are ticking the boxes nicely. So far, the environment and the mood in the team is great and it will get better,” added Murunga. 

The tactician said so far, 120 players turned up for training and it will be tall order narrowing down to 60 players for both the Kenya Cup and Eric Shirley teams.

“The turnout is massive and it's a good problem for the technical bench to see who will make the cut," added Murunga. Murunga said the squad for the upcoming season will be a blend of youth and experience.

Kenya internationals skipper Michael Onsando, internationals Melvin Thairu, Brian Waraba, Sheldon Kahi and the upcoming Gabriel Ayimba alongside Ben Onyangoare likely to make the forwards. In the backs, Cornelius Mukoro, Dominic Osino and Lucky Dewald will be key.

Murunga has set a target of playing in the Kenya Cup final for this upcoming season.  “I believe with the talent we have and the winning mentality and fighting spirit, we should go all the way."

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