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KPA raid opponents for talent

By Lynette Matheka
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
Keegan Oyugi of KPA dribbles past Benjamin Muga of Nairobi City Thunder during a past KBF men’s premier league match played at the Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA
In summary

Former Kenya Basketball Federation men’s champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) are seeking to dethrone defending champions Ulinzi Warriors when the league jumps off on February 13.

 Coach Sammy Kiki alongside his assistant Mike Opel are on a mission to strengthen the side and have gone for a mix of youth and experience to ensure that they do not miss out on the final at the end of the season.

 Kiki has brought to his stable the scoring prowess of Nick Ogol who was with Umoja.

Additionally, the Dockers will also enjoy the services of ex-Nairobi City Thunder’s shooting guard Fidel Muga.

To help solve his point guard woes, Kiki has recruited Lennox Wanje from Coastal Kings.

Wanje is making a return to KPA having played for the side in 2015 before moving to the Division One side Coastal Kings.

 “We have been in pre-season camp and the new recruits are doing well. They are gelling with the rest of the squad and that showed in the pre-season tournament played over the weekend that we won.

With more support from the management to keep training together ahead of matches, we will be the team to beat,” said coach Kiki.

 In addition to the three, KPA expect Congolese shooting guard Michael Kazunguzibwe, US-based Keegan Oyugi to add to their depth ahead of the season.

 “After the 2019 season,Oyugi left for the US. We are in communication but are yet to reach an agreement on when he will be joining us. Kazunguzibwe has been playing in Uganda but is ready to commit to KPA.

The availability of the two will solve a lot of problems for the team. We have yet to find a permanent replacement for Victor Bosire who left after the 2018 season,” added Kiki.

 The Dockers were wooing budding sensation, the former Dagoretti High School captain Churchill Odhiambo.

He had already played with the side in December in a tournament in Kisumu before final negotiations were done.

However, their joy was short-lived as the youngster was snatched from them by Warriors before he could pen a contract with the Mombasa-based team.

  KPA will miss the services of another shooting guard Ken Wachira who picked an injury while training with the national team at the weekend.