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Thursday, 15 August 2019

KPA rally to defend netball title

Action between Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (in green bib) and Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) during a netball match of the ongoing Kenya Communications Sports Organisation (Kecoso) games at Kisii High School on August 11, 2019. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI |
By BENSON AYIENDA
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Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) were forced to dig deep before edging Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to retain their Kenya Communications Sports Organisation (Kecoso) Games netball women's title on Thursday.

The dockers, under the tutelage of Jacinta Safari, beat their arch-rivals at Kisii High School in a match that was decided in extra time after a 37-37 tie in regulation time.

Results in the quarters in normal time were (8-10, 10-10, 9-7 and 10-10) before KPA emerged winners following 3-5 and 6-2 scores in extra time.

In the third place play-off at the same venue, Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) beat Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works (MoTIHUD & PW) 32-26. Patricia Achieng scored a game-high 26 for the winners.

In basketball, KCAA beat defending champions Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) 60-45 to lift the men’s crown.

Job Bryan and Titus Musembi returned 20 points and 10 points respectively for KCAA while Ian Muindi replied for PCK with 12.


KCAA joined their women counterparts who beat last year’s champions KPA 50-44 on Wednesday to scoop the title.

The Carol Ouma-coached side comprising big names like Lucy Mwachuma and Rose Mushila had secured a 42-41 first leg victory over KPA. KCAA and KPA were the only teams in this category played on a round-robin basis.

KCAA men’s team coach, Ken Ondiek said his players were well prepared for the game after winning their previous meeting in the group stages by only half a basket 46-45.

“I expected to win after I discovered their weak points during our previous match,” said the former Kenyan international who won four league titles with Cooperative Bank in the 80s.

Earlier at the same venue, KPA finished third in men’s basketball after hitting KAA 52-27.

Volleyball coordinator, Muchiri Wachira said men winners will be known on Friday morning after the return match between table leaders KPA and KCAA scheduled for 10am.

KPA have nine points while KCAA have six. KAA finished bottom after losing all their matches. Volleyball matches are being played on home and away basis, as the three teams are the only ones taking part.

In the only match played on Thursday, KPA beat KAA 3-0 in straight sets (25-17, 25-17, 25-8).

   

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