South Coast Pirates’ quest to gain the required amount of match fitness before the start of the Championship has been given a huge boost following the rescheduling of our preseason fixtures, as outlined by team manager Kelvin Amiani.
SCP were scheduled to play an away friendly against Pwani Sharks immediately after our latest preseason fixture against Mombasa RFC and since the match did not place, the SCP head coach Lawrence Buyachi called for a full day of training as Pirates continue to put in the work before our Championship opener against Egerton Wasps.
The curtain raiser against the Njoro based side will be played on the 17th of November, a week after Pirates have held a final preseason camp in readiness for the third edition of the Championship league, and this camp will come right after consecutive fixtures against Mombasa RFC and Technical University of Mombasa.
Pirates host Mombasa on 27th October for the return leg of the George Barbour Memorial Cup, played in honour of the departed SCP founder and chairman who passed away during the beginning of October. Mombasa lead 13-10 after the first leg played a little under a fortnight ago and with the series culminating at the Pirates home ground, an even greater contest is expected before the tittle is awarded to the final winner.
Pirates then face a fired up TUM side on the opening week of November for our final build up match before Wasps visit Ukunda in two weeks. The duo faced each other during round one of the ongoing Varsity League and despite Egerton winning 12-11, TUM were real value for their money in a game that was won through a last minute try by Egerton’s Moses Ngura.
However, TUM failed to get past the pool stages and Egerton were defeated during the semi finals which were hosted at Egerton’s Nest. The final between Kenyatta University and University of Nairobi will be held on October 27th, also the same day when SCP go toe to toe with Mombasa for the chance to be crowned the inaugural George Barbour Memorial Cup winners.