Ochollah confident of navigating off pool of death

first_img“Respect to every team there but I believe that we have a squad that can make it off into the quarters. The players look very sharp ahead of this weekend and the focus remains the same from Mombasa. We have to go in and take control of the group,” Ochollah, who joined Nakuru prior to season kick-off, said.Basing on their performance in Mombasa, the tactician has made two tactical changes, Gramwell Bunyasi coming in for his first appearance of the season alongside Collins Onyango replacing Davis Namusasi and Martin Muita.Nakuru RFC players at teh Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“We needed a bit of speed and creativity in the middle and that is why we made those two changes. Our finishing in Mombasa was a bit off because we didn’t score most of the tries we created. We wanted to get some pace on our play and that is why the two fantastic players come in,” the coach explained.Nakuru won two and drew one of their group matches in Mombasa last weekend. In the Main Cup quarters, they beat Kabras 12-7 and advanced to wade off a tough Mean Machine side 7-0 in the semi finals.Ochollah maintains the minimum target this weekend remains getting into the semi-finals, but admits a shot at their first Main Cup title of the season isn’t a far-fetched idea.“We surpassed our goals last weekend and it is only a matter of mentality this weekend that we can go one better. If you are a dreamer, you are an achiever. We want to bring in the brotherhood and hard working nature to Kabeberi. I believe in the boys and we will go there and give it a shot,” the tactician, referred by his peers as Mojo notes.-Pool of death-Kenya Harlequins in action against Mwamba RFC during the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on September 2, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHis main opponents in the group KCB and Quins have done changes in their squads after failing to hit their targets in Mombasa. KCB were underwhelming and failed to reach the Main Cup quarters. They have made four changes heading to Kabeberi.Arthur Owira, Isaac Njoroge, Mike Wanjala and Elphas Otieno have been drafted in to replace Ken Moseti, Brian Omondi, Benjamin Ojema and Sam Asati with Michael Kimwele listed as the team’s 13th player.The bankers will once again rely on the experience of national team players Darwin Mukidza, Jacob Ojee and Davis Chenge as well as the prowess of their top scorer Ahmed Shabaan.Kenya Harlequins Ginton Adongo dives to touch down during their match against Mwamba in the Driftwood Sevens.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUMeanwhile, Kenya Harlequins who finished second in the series last season will hope for a better performance playing on their home ground and head coach Joash Odhalo has made his intent known, throwing three of his new signings into the fray.Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Solomon Okia and Joseph Aredo are set to make their National Sevens Circuit debuts coming in for Edward Shitanda, Pius Shiundu and Ginton Adongo who is out for long term after suffering knee ligament damage in Mombasa.Speaking to Capital Sport in Mombasa last weekend, Odhalo registered disappointment with their performance where they finished 10th but is optimistic of a better show this time round especially with a few tactical changes.Nakuru RFC squad:Philip owuor, Cassius Omollo, Monate Akwei, George Kimani, Walter Okoth, Geoff Ominde, Don Aluoch, Collins Onyango, Brian Maina, Kelvin Kioko, Crispin Onyango, Gramwell BunyasiKenya Harlequins squad:Herman Humwa, Roxy Dan Suchi, Edwin Okemwa, Jared Owinyo, Kevin Angote, Newton Partet, Eric Shikuku, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Joseph Aredo, Stanley Lunani, Dennis Otieno, Solomon Okia, Sosthine Oloo.KCB squad:Davis Chenge, Martin Owila, Vincent Onyala, Stafford Abeka, Arthur Owira, Michael Wanjala, Michael Kimwele, Ahmed Shaban, Darwin Mukidza, Jacob Ojee, Elphas Otieno, Isaac Njoroge, Collins Nato.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nakuru RFC head coach Mitch Ochollah high fives his players during the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on September 3, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8- Losing Driftwood Sevens finalists Nakuru RFC have found themselves dumped in the middle of the pool of death at Kabeberi Sevens, the second leg of the National Sevens Circuit this weekend, facing Kenya Harlequin, KCB and Kisii RFC.But Head coach Mitch Ochollah wears a brace face that Wanyore can still navigate off the group and make it into a second consecutive Main Cup quarter final with straight wins.last_img read more

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Liverpool have ‘stagnated’ and will struggle to get top-four, says Paul Ince

first_imgA disappointed Paul Ince claims Liverpool have ‘stagnated’ this season and will likely miss out on a top four spot in the Premier League.The former England winger has branded Jurgen Klopp’s side the Premier League’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ team and admits they are miles away from where they want to be.Liverpool sit fifth in the table following a 0-0 draw with West Brom, level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham, but they are 18 points adrift of runaway top flight leaders Manchester City and seven behind fierce rivals Manchester United in second-place.Klopp’s side have produced some of the most breath-taking attacking performances of the season, yet their struggles at the back have seen them needlessly drop points and there are fears their, at times helpless, back-four could prove the undoing in their pursuit of Champions League football.And Ince doubts whether a top-four finish is a realistic possibility due to their yo-yoing form.“This year, Liverpool have stagnated,” he told Paddy Power News.“I don’t think they’re at the level they should be, or would have expected them to be, looking back at last year.“I hate saying it, as a former Liverpool player, but I never thought they would have a chance at the title this year – and, seeing their performances so far, it’s obvious that was true.“They haven’t been in the same league as Man City and Man United. You knew that both of those teams would do better in the Premier League. They’re just better. Man City, Man United and Chelsea are all streets ahead.“Liverpool should really be finishing in the top four but, looking at it right now, I’m not sure if they will.“Behind the top three there’s a battle between Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and even Burnley.“Looking back at the games where they’ve dropped points, against sides like West Brom, Liverpool will be gutted. Not every game can be four goal wins. Some of them are tough, and so-called lesser teams will make it difficult. They need to be grinding out results in difficult, scrappy games.“I just don’t think Liverpool have dealt with that. I love watching them play and, on their day, they’re unbeatable – but, to win the title, you have to produce that week-in, week-out and Liverpool just aren’t capable of doing that.“Jurgen Klopp is completely frustrated. Liverpool are one of the most frustrating teams in the Premier League, no doubt about it. They’re so Jekyll and Hyde. One minute, they’re playing gorgeous, free-flowing football – the next they’re struggling against West Brom.”Paul Ince was speaking exclusively to Paddy Power News. To read more, visit news.paddypower.com 1 Liverpool have ‘stagnated’ under Jurgen Klopp this season, claims Paul Ince last_img read more

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