Players safety comes first, not games, says KPA boss Kiki


Players safety comes first, not games, says KPA boss Kiki
KPA's Ocholla attemps to score a basket in past action

In Summary

  • Before suspension of the league, KPA had won all their first three matches against KCA University, EMYBA and Lakeside to accumulate six points.
  • Kiki said the pandemic should be taken with a lot of seriousness since it's claiming lots of lives.

Kenya men’s basketball league giants Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) head coach Sammy Kiki says the safety of players comes first despite many stakeholders calling on the government to reconsider reopening sporting activities.

This comes barely two weeks since the government banned all sporting activities in the country as a way of curbing the spread of Covid-19.

Kiki said the pandemic should be taken with a lot of seriousness since it’s claiming lots of lives.

“I agree about this pandemic; people are dying including my workmates. We have to follow the guidelines. As much as we want to play we need to be very careful,” he advised.

Kiki added that the Dockers are one of the teams that had impressed in the early matches of the league and that the suspension has lowered their momentum as well as affected team chemistry.

“For all the teams that are in the league, I think KPA we started well and our team chemistry was gelling up so well before the closure of the games so it’s going to affect our team chemistry a lot as we will be forced to go back to square one,” he regretted.

The soft-spoken tactician said at the moment they are idle as they wait for further communication from the government and his employers before they can start training.

“At the moment we are just idle because we are not training and since it was a directive from the President we just have to sit and wait for further communication,” Kiki added.

Before suspension of the league, KPA had won all their first three matches against KCA University, EMYBA and Lakeside to accumulate six points.

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