29 November 2012

KENYA : Lions expect tough match against champions

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Updated on 29/11/12 | By BRIAN AYIEKO
KCB Lions tactician Morris Shitsama has admitted that they will face tight competition from the 2011 defending champions Co-op Bank as the two teams prepare to face each other on Sunday afternoon for game 1 of the semi-finals of the KBF Premier League play-offs.
Speaking to Michezoafrika.com Shitsama knows that Co-op Bank will not be ready to let go their title and they are prepared for this, “I saw them play Ulinzi last weekend in the quarters and by that game you can clearly see that they are in top form. We are well aware of this and we are ready for them.”
In terms of strategy Shitsama put it out that at this level of competition teams have to plan well or risk being defeated, “I saw a completely new Co-op Bank when they played Ulinzi. Their style of play was different as compared to the regular season and we also have adjusted in order to have a good game.”
Papillon Odhiambo is the only injury worry that the Lions have but the coach is optimistic Odhiambo will recover in time, “he is recovering well and hopefully will be available for Sunday’s match though I doubt if he will be 100% but for game two am sure he will be okay.”
The two basketball giants will face it out in the best of three matches and whoever wins two matches will have earned a spot in the finals. The other semi-final match will be between Thika Road based students USIU Tigers and Mombasa based Kenya Ports Authority.

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