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Kenya: KPA Women Claim Top Spot in KBF League

Kenya Ports Authority women’s team finished top of the regular season campaign after the weekend’s Kenya Basketball Federation League matches.

KPA were declared regular season winners after rivals Equity Bank ended their second leg campaign with a huge 56-19 victory over winless and relegation bound Lady Bucks at Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium on Sunday.

KPA and defending champions Equity Bank women’s teams completed their 18 second leg fixtures with 35 points each, but the dock women had an edge over the bankers on good goal aggregate to finish in first position.

The two rivals had a neck-to-neck competitive season which saw them win 17 outings each with one loss.

“We had a good season and are comfortable with finishing second behind our rivals KPA to qualify for the play-offs quarter finals. As things stand we shall be in separate pools and not to meet KPA until the final where we are well prepared to defeat them to retain the Premier League crown,” said Equity coach Sylvia Kamau.

Zetech University demolished Lady Bucks 97-16 to keep their third spot on 30 points from 13 wins and four loses.

In the men’s league, KPA improved their chances of finishing top in the regular season after they garnered maximum four points from their last two home matches at KPA Makande Gymnasium at the weekend.

The dock men demolished Umoja 71-32 on Saturday and went a head to register a 20-0 walk-over against Nairobi-based bottom placed Emyba, who failed to show up in Mombasa on Sunday.

As a result, KPA maintained their 12-team league leadership with 39 points.The dock men have so far won 20 matches and lost once to rivals Ulinzi Warriors

KPA have a chance to avenge their first leg defeat against Ulinzi Warriors in their decisive return leg match scheduled for Nyayo on Saturday.

KPA coach Sammy Kiki said the team has been in an intensive 10-day residential training camp in Mombasa and they have prepared well to turn the tables on Ulinzi Warriors

“We lost to Ulinzi Warriors at home in first leg because we had not prepared well due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now we just need to beat them by any margin in our last tie to realise the dream of finishing top in the 12-team competition” said Kiki.

“Beating Ulinzi Warriors will give us an upper hand in the play-offs,” added Kiki.