KPA, Co-op lock horns in key fixtures

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By PHILIP ONYANGO
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Internationals Victor Odendo and Victor Bosire will have to be at their best when Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) men and women visit Nairobi this weekend for return leg matches against Co-operative Bank of Kenya in basketball league matches at the Nyayo National Stadium Gymnasium.

KPA men lost to Co-op Bank in the first leg match in Mombasa and will be in no mood to lose the second leg match against the bankers whom they beat in the playoff finals last year.

Odendo, Bosire, Airel Okal and Arou Ramadhan are expected to combine well with Joseph Ouma, Mitch Ochola and Martin Gitongo for the dockers.

KPA team manager Christopher Magic Ogutu is happy that his star studded team he assembled this year is slowly gelling and has predicted they will be very difficult to beat going forward.

“The team has been gelling well and the convincing win against a tough Equity bank  in the league last weekend was a clear pointer that the boys have come of age,” Ogutu, himself a former KPA and Kenya international guard, said.

KPA men are currently placed seventh in the 12-team league with 17 points from 10 matches having lost three games to Co-op Bank, Ulinzi and USIU while Co-op are second with 24 points from 13 matches with two loses.

Ulinzi Warriors are still patched at the top of the table with 27 points from 14 matches having lost only once to Umoja in Nairobi last weekend. According to Ogutu, the team is ready for a battle of their lives against the bankers today and against Thunder tomorrow in matches he believes the team will win and move within touching distance of the league leaders.

Meanwhile, unbeaten KPA women are still on top of the table standing with 18 points from nine matches while their opponents Co-op Bank are third with 15 points from nine matches.

FIXTURES (All matches Nyayo Stadium)

Umoja v Zetech (8:30am), Eagle Wings v Western Delight (10am), Lions v Blades (11:30am), Equity Bank v Strathmore (1pm), Co-op Bank v KPA (2:30pm), Co-op Bank v KPA (4pm)

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