Captain Ocholla says KPA ready to defend KBF title

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) basketball team captain Samuel Ocholla believes his side has had enough pre-season preparations as they start their title defence on Saturday.

KPA, who defeated Ulinzi Warriors 3-0 in last year’s final playoff series, host newcomers EMYBA in Mombasa where they will begin their hunt for a fourth straight Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) title.

Last year’s finalists Ulinzi have a weekend packed in a double fixture as they are first scheduled to play Equity Bank on Saturday before facing off with KCA University on Sunday at the Nyayo Gymnasium.

“We have been training hard and as you know first games are always hard and tricky since you don’t know other teams have prepared but we confident in our training and ready for the task,” KPA captain Samuel Ocholla told Citizen Digital.

However Ocholla has said they will be looking forward to retain the league.

“We are going to start from where we stopped and mostly see whether we can retain and if we can perform better in the continental championships. But the main target is to retain the league even though it’s too early for that but we shall be taking one game at a time,” Ocholla added.

Meanwhile, the KBF women’s league champions Equity Bank head coach David Maina says they are ready for the league citing that they have done enough preparation.

“We have done enough preparation and we are waiting for the kick off as our target is to retain the league,” David Maina Equity head coach.

Equity will have a busy weekend when they play two matches against Eagle Wings on Saturday while their second match coming against Thunder on Sunday at Nyayo Gymnasium.

The league begins this coming weekend after the Kenya Basketball League Federation released the 2019 season fixture.


Weekend Fixtures

Men Basketball League

Saturday 16th March 2019

Equity Bank VS Ulinzi- 3pm- Nyayo

Thunder VS Blades- 4:30 pm- Nyayo

KPA VS EMYBA- 4:00pm- Mombasa

ELDONETS VS USIU- 4:00 pm- Nyayo

Sunday 17th March 2019

KCA-University VS Ulinzi – 3pm- Nyayo

Umoja VS World Hope -4:30 pm

Women League Saturday 16th March 2019

Tangit Sparks VS Strathmore- 12 noon- Nyayo

Equity Bank VS Eagle Wings- 1:30pm- Nyayo

Western Delight VS USIU- 9am- Mumias

Sunday 17th March 2019

Eagle Wings VS Tangit Sparks- 12 noon- Nyayo

Equity Bank VS Thunder – 1:30pm- Nyayo



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