KPA rampant in opening match, keen to retain FIBA Africa Zone Five club championship title
DAR-ES-SALAM: Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) ladies basketball team were sensational on day one of the FIBA -Africa Zone Five Club Championships following a 69-42 win against Burundian outfit Young Sisters on Monday in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania and will be looking to retain their title.
Dockers under experienced Anthony Ojukwu is out to battle for honours with eight other teams from the Zone in the qualifier event for the 2022 FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women. Kenyan clubs have dominated this event over the years with sixteen-time national champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Equity Bank Hawks who have won the crown thrice will once again lead the title hunt. The other teams that are in Dar Es Salaam participating in the showpiece are Sporting Club (Egypt), APR and REG (Rwanda), Young Sisters (Burundi), Walkite (Ethiopia) and Vijana Queen (Tanzania). It is expected to be a hot affair with Egyptian and Rwandese opponents in the mix and KPA will be very much on the lookout for the new threat. “We know it will be tougher than the previous one. But I already have the girls in strict training,” stated Ojukwu whose side includes skipper Natalie Akinyi, Charlene Wandago and Selina Okuma.
Kenya’s is also represented in the competition by Equity Bank .
need a win against Nile Legends from South Sudan in a bid to progress to the quarter-finals following their Monday close loss 51-49 to Alexandria of Egypt. The Bankers who are also former national Champions have won the showpiece nine times and lost the last run in 2019 against rivals KPA and will be hoping to turn their fortunes around.
Under Coach David Maina, Equity the team won in 2018 and will be eying another shot four years down the line with much more improved performance. With the top team assured of a ticket to the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Women, it will be a tight duel as it will be competitive. For Tanzania, this will be the third successive club tournament they are hosting in the region in recent years.