23 October 2006

KENYA : KPA take on Mozambique's ISPU in today

Kenya's representatives Kenya Ports Authority take on ISPU of Mozambique in their second Africa basketball club championship tie in Libreville, Gabon today.

The Kenyans made a false start when they were beaten 59-48 by hosts Somo 'B' of Gabon at Libreville Gabon Gymnasium, yesterday.

KPA, who had beaten Somo 'B' in the last year’s championships in Senegal, trailed 13-09 in the first quarter but recovered to reduce the scores to 23-19 at the break.

The dockers at one time tied the scores to 36-36 midway in the third quarter. But the heavy downpour which caused a one hour stoppage, gave the Gabonese a new lifeline.

Caroline Arato, who had a passport hitch reaching Gabon only hours before the match, was the star of the match. The Gabonese over-relied on Congolese imports Kannasi Jose, Lifayefi Otono and Akonga Simbo.

Arato scored a games high 21 points while Ethel Wakesho and Millicent Anyango scored 14 and eight points respectively.

Otono led the scores for the Gabonese with 18 points while Dula Sombo Lyla and Fouty Mariene scored 12 and 10 points respectively.

Earlier, First Bank from Nigeria shocked Inter - Club from Angola 57-53.
Twelve teams are taking part in this year's championships whose defending champions are Djoliba from Mali.
KPA, who qualified to propel the country's flag in the event after winning the regional title in April, are drawn in Pool 'A'. Other teams in the six team Pool 'A' are Somo, First Bank of Nigeria, Inter-Club of Angola and ARC of the Democratic Repulic of Congo.

Djoliba are drawn in Pool 'B' to battle it out with Premero (Angola), Hatari (DRC), Ferroviaro (Mozambique), Dolphins (Nigeria) and ABC (Cote d'Ivoire).

The championship's preliminary round matches are scheduled to end tomorrow.
Three countries; Nigeria, Mozambique and Angola have sent two teams each in the nine-day championship whose final is set for Saturday. KPA meet Angola's Inter-Club in their last pool 'A' tie tomorrow.
The dockwomen, under coach Anthony Ojkuwu, left the country last Wednesday. KPA finished fourth in last year's competition.

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