Sammy Kiki, a former Kenya international basketball star, has been appointed the new Kenya Ports Authority women’s basketball Head coach with immediate effect.
Kiki, a former polished national team and KPA point guard, replaces Anthony Ojukwu, who has been the KPA women’s head coach for over a decade.
KPA Administrative Manager Jane Kamau yesterday confirmed Kiki’s appointment saying it was in the best interest of the game of basketball at the giant company.
Ojukwu, who doubled up as the KPA women and men’s coach will now remain in charge of the men’s team. Kiki will be free to appoint his assistant.
“Yes its true we have given Kiki responsibility of turning the women’s team around and hope that he will mould a team that will perform wonders not only locally but at the international stage as well,” Kamau.
And immediately after his appointment, Kiki hit the ground running recalling polished point guards Brenda Angeshi and Lucy Ohanga, who had taken a brief break from the KPA women’s team since last year.
“I need depth in the team as I work on strategies to reclaim the women’s national league title we lost to students of the United States International University (USIU) last year,” Kiki said while thanking the KPA management for the appointment.
Kiki wants to concentrate more on developing the youth into future stars as opposed to the current system where KPA has been depending on already established players from other Premier League clubs.
“The secret of success in any sport is the youth and thus the reason I will turn around the team by concentrating on the youth from next year to build a formidable team which will be able to compete with the rest of Africa, whether it will mean taking three to four years to realize this dream”, the soft-spoken Kiki said.