Newly promoted side The University of Eldoret (UOE) Trojans head coach Kelvin Mwisheni has warned his opponents that they are not underdogs at the Tisap sevens, the penultimate series of National 7s Circuit set for this weekend at the Eldoret Sports Club.
The low speaking coach said that as much as they have been promoted from Division 2 to division one following their Christie 7s division 2 victory, they are able to the task and ready to play in the big boys league.
“We have consisted of our division 2 reaching finals and semifinals in various meetings across the country. Here we shall be playing at home and despite the fact that we are playing in the premier division for the first time, we are able to do the task,” said Mwisheni.
Trojans were third time lucky winning division two cup final as they defeated the Zetech Oaks 17-10 to win the Christie 7s division two competition.
The result saw UOE secure a place in the first division competition in their home town of Eldoret in the penultimate round of the series.
“I believe the boys, who have been playing together for a very long time and any team that will underrate them, will find it tough. Reaching the finals three times is not easy for us and we shall keep the momentum,” he added.
The Eldoret based team started their journey in Kisumu’s Dala 7s where they lost the final to Zetech Oaks before finishing third at the Driftwood in Mombasa and winning the Christies.
“We shall make sure that we die with at least two teams in the pool so that we make it to the main cup quarterfinals and we progress from there. The fact that we have been promoted for the first time, it shows that the team work is there and we shall make use of our efforts to climb the ladder,” he added.
The Trojans lead the second division standings with 77 points. Zetech Oaks are second on 54 points as Stallions (50 pts), Administration Police Warriors (47pts) and Makueni (44 pts) to close out the top five.
Trojans are seeded last in pool D alongside Nakuru, Mwamba and Nondescripts while Christies champions KCB are top seed in pool A with Kenyatta University side Blak Blad, Homeboyz and Mombasa.
Division A Tisap pools
Pool A: KCB, Mombasa, Homeboyz and Blak Blad
Pool B: Strathmore Leos, Menengai Oilers, Catholic Monks and MMUST
Pool C: Kabras Sugar, Kenya Harlequins, Daystar University and Kisumu
Pool D: Nakuru, Mwamba, Nondescripts and UOE.