February 29, 2024

Kiki calls for focus as league playoff draws near

Kiki calls for focus as league playoff draws near
KPA in past action

Kenya Ports Authority teams made a trip to Nairobi this weekend with Kiki's men playing Kenyatta University Pirates and former champions Ulinzi Warriors.

Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) men's league champions KPA head coach Sammy Kiki has called on his charges to remain focused on not dropping any points in the second leg of the regular league.

Kenya Ports Authority teams made a trip to Nairobi this weekend with Kiki's men playing Kenyatta University Pirates and former champions Ulinzi Warriors.

The clash against Pirates, played at USIU grounds, was abaonded with a minute left to the end of the third quarter during to some showers. The match was tied at 45 points at the time. 

Against Ulinzi, the dockers had a dominant show with Eugene Adera leading the onslaught with 19 points while Frankline Omondi and Tobias Odhiambo added ten each for a 64-52 win.

Ulinzi scored first off of a Stephan Simiyu trey but KPA assumed lead from then on to dominate and win.

While happy with the result against the military side, Kiki called out his charges for complacency against the varsity side and emphasised on the need to focus in the remaining matches.

"We are looking to end the second leg without dropout any points. I had warned my charges against being casual against Pirates and on the need to take it one match at a time but they focused so much on the clash against Ulinzi and that almost cost us the Pirates game.

That scare definitely played a part in how we showed up against Ulinzi. We knew any form of complacency would be costly hence the dominance from the get go.

That is the same kind of focus I will require from the team going forward as we prepare for the league playoffs," coach Kiki offered adding that the make-up match against Pirates will be handled differently.

Their women's league counterparts have continued their winning streak and their opponents for the weekend were no match for Antony Ojukwu's charges.

Against K.U Oryx on Saturday, the dockers picked a 79-16 win before dispensing off Stroms in a 72-15 outcome on Sunday.

Coach Ojukwu who has never been one to shy away from flexing his side's dominace in the local league says the team remains favourites to defend the title adding that he is building a team for regional competition.