KPA’s Kiki laments unpredictable KBF league fixtures


KPA's Kiki laments unpredictable KBF league fixtures
KPA's Ocholla attemps to score a basket in past action

In Summary

  • Over the past weekend there were no matches for the top league
  • Sammy Kiki has raised concerns over unpredictable fixtures of the Kenya Basketball Federation leagues
  • KBF Secretary General Ambrose Kisoi conceded indeed the uncoordinated fixtures is has derailed teams

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) men’s basketball team head coach Sammy Kiki has raised concerns over unpredictable fixtures of the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) leagues.

While the teams are already used to operating without long term fixture plans, last minute fixture changes has worsened the situation for clubs.

Kiki says the tendency to change fixtures when teams have already prepared for them not only affects them, logistically but also technically, and is already proving expensive.

“These unpredictable fixtures are really destabilising teams, such that you cannot plan with certainty all is going to work. For instance, my team consists of players scattered all over the country and we always meet when we are approaching a match.

“Thus, when matches are canceled we are forced to break as players return to their respective stations, which is gross inconvenience,” noted Kiki.

He continued, “Psychologically and mentally we get affected especially after preparing to play a certain team then all over sudden we get changes.”

KBF Secretary General Ambrose Kisoi conceded indeed the uncoordinated fixtures has derailed teams, pledging to fast track the harmonised fixtures.

With no digitised fixtures, teams rely on phone communications to know who they play next, when and where which has been a problem according to the coach.

“From what we saw in Cameroon and from the attention we are getting from all the stakeholders, we have realised many people are interested in coming to watch basketball. Our fixtures need to be out well in advance from now onwards,” he added.

He could not however explain immediately what has been the challenge to implement a seamless calendar of activities.

Over the past weekend there were no matches for the top league while KPA is not scheduled to play anyone in the next set of fixtures, with a couple of teams in the fixtures.

While the national basketball Morans has been on the limelight for qualifying for the FIBA Afrobasket for the first time in 28 years, the coordination of the leagues including the top one has not reflected in the progress being made.

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