World Hope vows to fight to the last day to protect KBFL status


World Hope vows to fight to the last day to protect KBFL status

In Summary

  • World Hope men basketball team head coach George Namake believes his charges will fight to the last drop of sweat to avoid relegation after losing 59-75 to Eldonets in the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) league game on Sunday at Nyayo Gymnasium.
  • World Hope failed to utilize the home ground advantage as the visitors crushed them leaving them second from last on the table with 16 points after 14 matches.
  • Namake attributed the defeat to the total squad change adding that new team will take time to gel.

World Hope men basketball team head coach George Namake believes his charges will fight to the last drop of sweat to avoid relegation after losing 59-75 to Eldonets in the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) league game on Sunday at Nyayo Gymnasium.

World Hope failed to utilize the home ground advantage as the visitors crushed them leaving them second from last on the table with 16 points after 14 matches.

Namake attributed the defeat to the total squad change adding that new team will take time to gel.

“We are building a new team, basically half of our players are new but I have seen some improvements and I believe we shall register good results in the next games,” Namake added.

The Nairobi-based side has eight matches left and they will need to work extremely hard to remain in the league which is becoming more competitive.

Meanwhile another team facing danger of the chop is Kisumu-based Lakeside who lost both of their matches in their away encounters in Nairobi.

They have lots of work to do as they are placed third from behind with 18 points after playing 15 matches.

Head coach John Ogilo has vowed to rectify their weak links after losing 55-65 to Equity Bank and 50-58 to Umoja on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

“We are too slow in recovery, we have bad shots and turnovers, we keep on losing focus in the second half allowing our opponents to control and punish us for that,” Ogilo bemoaned.

At the same time Thunder, last season semi finalists, are now top of the league after smashing Blades, another semi finalist last season, 56-48 on Saturday.

Thunder are atop the standings on with 32 points, followed by Ulinzi Warriors on 31 though they have played two games more compared to the soldiers.  Thunder has played 17 matches  and have five left while Ulinzi have played 15 matches with seven games to go.

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