26 April 2008

KENYA : Lions and Co-op hunt in different directions

By Dann O’werre

National champions KCB Lions and Co-operative Bank of Kenya return to Premier League action with tough away matches in Kisumu and Mombasa this weekend.

The top guns last week won their opening fixtures 79-54 and 84-42 over varsity sides University of Nairobi Terrorists and Strathmore Blades. They are expected to keep the fire burning as they go in opposite directions.

Lions take on Lakeside in a homecoming match for new signing Victor Odendo. Tobias Onyango, who set the tempo with 19 points should continue with his scoring exploits at Kenyatta Spoprts Grounds.High flying Bobby Okwako, who posted season’s high 24 points against UoN, will be the man to watch again as are former champions KPA who host Co-op at Makande Welfare Gymnasium. KPA will bank on Samuel Ocholla.

Defending women’s champions KPA are also at home against the visiting Yana Milele who fired coach John Chasimba after a 35-44 loss to Strathmore Swords replacing him with George Namake. The veteran tactician face a bad afternoon in his first match.Strathmore Blades seek to win at least six ties in the first leg, bur got a rude jolt in the opening tie against Co-op. They should bounce back against Java Warriors and the player to help that cause is forward Ken Maru.

National team captain Angela Luchivya will lead Sprite Storms from the front in an easy fixture against UoN Dynamites who succumbed 18-45 to Eagles Wings.

In the lower division, Posta mark their return against Blazers while Nakuru Club host Nairobi Pentecostal Church and Mennonites tackle Blazers. After that home tie, Nakuru must travel to play Lomboritz in Nairobi.

Tomorrow, International Christian Centre will come for revenge against UoN Terrorists who locked them out of last year’s playoff semi-finals. At the Railways Club, Nairiobi Basketball Association league continues with five matches on card.

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