Kiki breathing fire ahead of KPA, Blades clash


Fidel Okoth (L) of Blades contest for ball with Victor Bosire of KPA challenge during ...
Fidel Okoth (L) of Blades contest for ball with Victor Bosire of KPA challenge during their Basketball Premier League best-of-five finals play-offs series at Africa Nazarene University on February 18, 2018. KPA won 68-37. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Battle of supremacy will ensue yet again as Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) basketball team face Blades of Strathmore in second and third matches of the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Men Premier League, at the Makande Gymnasium in Mombasa.
  • The duels, slated for Saturday and Sunday respectively, highlight the quarter finals playoffs with KPA enjoying home advantage as they seek to continue from where they stopped at, winning 86-73 in Nairobi last weekend.
  • Meanwhile, KBF Women Premier League defending champions Equity will be meeting UON Dynamites at the Nyayo Gymnasium on Saturday

Battle of supremacy will ensue yet again as Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) basketball team face Blades of Strathmore in second and third matches of the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Men Premier League, at the Makande Gymnasium in Mombasa.

The duels, slated for Saturday and Sunday respectively, highlight the quarter finals playoffs with KPA enjoying home advantage as they seek to continue from where they stopped at, winning 86-73 in Nairobi last weekend.

The two sides also met last season but in semi-finals payoffs, where KPA emerged winners and went ahead to defend the trophy in the final.

The Dockers who are already one foot in the semi-finals only requires one win to book a place in the semis, and a win on Saturday will make things easier for them.

In case of a loss on Saturday, KPA they will be required to play Game Three on Sunday to determine semi-finalist.

“I know blades are going to come very strong on us, they were wounded by losing Game One. We are however ready for them, knowing very well going to Game Three will be tricky,” KPA head coach Sammy Kiki said.

His words were echoed by his assistant coach Samuel Ocholla, who wants the business done by Saturday.

“We expect to finish the game on Saturday with game Two and avoid game Three so that we have more time to rest and prepare for semis. We have no injury issues so we raring to go,’ a confident Ocholla added.

On his side, Blades head coach Tony Ochieng lamented what transpired in their Game One loss.

“We did not play to our best in Game One. We trailed the whole game but now we are working on our major undoing in it. We failed to stop their free flowing offense. I have the confidence that my players will rise to ability and occasion,” Ochieng said.

Meanwhile, KBF Women Premier League defending champions Equity will be meeting UON Dynamites at the Nyayo Gymnasium on Saturday and Sunday for Game One and Two respectively.

“We have prepared well and the morale of the team is high. We respect our opponents but we want to win both games.  We expect good execution on offense and also control the boards on defense. Our target is to win both matches this weekend,” David Maina, Equity head coach OFFERED.

On their side former champions KPA will be away in Nairobi to start their quest to enter the semis again.

Full weekend fixtures.

Saturday

G1: EQUITY VS UON DYNAMITES

G1: KPA VS STORMS

G2: KPA VS Blades

Sunday

G2:  STORMS VS KPA

G2:  UON DYNAMITES VS EQUITY

G3: KPA VS Blades

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