13 December 2008
KENYA : KPA, Co-op keen to wrap up series
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) womens' team and Kenya Commercial Bank will be looking to clinch the league titles when the line up for the second games of the best-of-three final play-offs at the Nyayo Stadium gymnasium this weekend.
On Saturday, women’s champions Kenya Ports Authority are up against Eagle Wings in Game Two from 2 pm. KPA lead the series 1-0 after beating the Wings 55-51 in Game One in Mombasa last weekend.
Champions Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Lions are a game down to Co-operative Bank and go into Game Two at 4 pm looking to take the series into the deciding third game.
Co-op Bank, who have never won the league title since 1998, beat KCB 66-64 in a tense Game One match last weekend.
Can Co-op Bank and KPA end the series with a 2-0 clean sweep to be declared the 2008 league champions?
Co-op Bank and the dockwomen’s win in Game One did not come easy. It’s highly likely that Lions and Wings can tie the series 1-1 on Saturday.
A win for both Lions and Eagle Wings will delay the celebration party until tomorrow when the decisive Game Three matches will take place from 1 pm.
Co-op Bank, who are the first team two win four consecutive league titles between 1995-8, needed stylish Wycliffe Ochieng’s magic to win Game One from the three-throw line.
Lions, who had rocked Co-op Bank 2-0 in last year’s final, had an edge from the start and at one time enjoyed an eight point lead (31-23).
It was not easy for Co-op Bank who had trailed at 37-32 half-time. They only snatched their first lead at 41-39 and had to resist seven ties to win.
Coach Carey Oketch said: “Am happy that we have a one game advantage although I predict a tough Game Two.’’
Lions can force Game Three but coach Francis ‘’Officer’’ Ngunjiri needs to stop the habit of blaming the referees whenever he loses matches.
Co-op Bank will need the guile of guard Abel Kimondo, Richard Osano, Lewis Muya, Moses Kamau and Collins Gaya to wrap up the series and the title. Lions have Yoni Wanambiro, Ikapian Juma, Tobias Onyango and Victor Odendo to rely on.
Coach Thomas “Smarts’’ Olumbo of Eagle Wings is well known in making history. He lead Co-op Bank to their first league title in 1995 and also steered Telkom to the league championship and the regional cup.
On Saturday, Olumbo’s squad of impressive Bridgit Nanzala, Caroline Achieng, Eunice Ouma and Rebecca Sarange is extremely strong.