Rift Valley Lakers win Inaugural Futures Cup

Futures Cup opening ceremony. Photo/DBA Africa

Rift Valley Lakers are the winners of the Inaugural Futures Cup after a 10-5 victory over Uganda’s Kampala Giants in a final played on Sunday at St Christopher International School.

The first half was scoreless and all the points in the match were scored in the final half after the teams had halftime talks.

Futures Cup final half

Michael Okidia’s Lakers grabbed 10 points in the half while the Ugandan youngster managed one unconverted try.

Western Hurricanes led by Edwin Achayo and Max Adaka finished third following a 12-3 win over Nairobi Lighting coached by Mike Wanjala Walyaula.

Western Wanderers coached by Libondo Shimenga finished fifth with 19-5 over Nairobi Bulldozers.

Rift Valley Lakers romped into the final after edging Western Hurricanes 10-7 in the semi-final.

The other semi-final saw Kampala register a dominant performance against Nairobi Lighting picking a 27-0 win to reach the final.

Futures Cup Quarters

In the quarterfinal pairings, the Nairobi Bulldozers clashed with the Kampala Giants, with the latter emerging victorious with a score of 17-10.

Nairobi Lighting had a nail-biting encounter against Central Avalanche, narrowly edging out their opponents with a 6-5 win.

In another closely contested match, Rift Valley Lakers secured a 14-13 victory against Coastal Tsunami. The Western Hurricanes triumphed over the Western Wanderers in an 18-17 thriller.

Futures Cup


Kampala Giants 10-5 Rift Valley Lakers


Nairobi Lighting 3-12 Western Hurricanes

Fifth place playoffs

Nairobi Bulldozers 5-19 Western Wanderers

Semi-final pairings

Kampala 27-0 Nairobi Lighting

Rift Valley Lakers 10-7 Western Hurricanes

Western Hurricanes in a Futures Cup opener. PHOTO/ DBA
Western Hurricanes in a Futures Cup opener. PHOTO/ DBA

Playoffs semis

Nairobi Bulldozers vs Central Avalanche

Coastal Tsunami vs Western Wanderers

Quarterfinal Pairing results

Nairobi Bulldozers 10-17 Kampala Giants

Nairobi Lighting 6-5 Central Avalanche

Rift Valley Lakes 14-13 Coastal Tsunami

Western Hurricanes 18-17 Western Wanderers

Pool Results

Rift Valley Lakers 12-7 Nairobi Bulldozers

Nairobi Bulldozers 0-17 Central Avalanche

Rift Valley Lakers 5-0 Western Hurricanes

Western Hurricanes 10-11 Central Avalanche

Nairobi Bulldozees 20-20 Western Hurricanes

Coastal Tsunami 7-31 Kampala Giants

Kampala Giants 22-0 Nairobi Lighting

Coastal Tsunami 7-17 Western Wanderers

Nairobi Lightning 12-10 Coastal Tsunami

Western Wanderers 25-3 Nairobi Lightning

Kampala Giants 3-3 Western Wanderers

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