WATER DROWN RIVALS

Nairobi Water retain Super Cup crown

The winners completed their round-robin matches without losing a fixture

In Summary

•The irrepressible Sarah Wasike who had done a superb one-on-one marking on the ever-dangerous Brenda Asavai then started to exercise pressure.

•A timely defensive stop by Melvin Akinyi in the waning seconds slowed down KDF offence and the final whistle was a huge relief for Queens.

 

Nairobi Water's Michell Oyoo shoots past Euphrasia Mukhasia of Ulinzi during the Super Cup final at Nyayo Stadium.
Nairobi Water's Michell Oyoo shoots past Euphrasia Mukhasia of Ulinzi during the Super Cup final at Nyayo Stadium.
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Nairobi Water Queens' retained the Super Cup after a hard-fought 29-28 victory over Kenya Defence Forces at Nyayo National Stadium.

The winners, who completed their round-robin matches without losing a fixture, led from the whistle, heading to the break with a 16-12 cushion. 

Nairobi Water rattled in two quick goals after the break from Michelle Oyoo and Gladys Chilo to push their margin to 19-12.

They kept pounding at the soldiers and halfway through the last half, the scores stood at 26-18 in their favour. However, KDF weren't done as they kept coming.

The irrepressible Sarah Wasike who had done a superb one-on-one marking on the ever-dangerous Brenda Asavai then started to exercise pressure. KDF were then forced into a time out to stop the bleeding but again it was the same old story.

Water Queens continued piling the pressure with seven minutes to play.  KDF lost 25-28 mainly on offensive efforts of the hard-working Wasike who was all over the court. The last gasp score saw KDF storm right back into the game.

They closed in 28-29, sending the victors into a panic. A timely defensive stop by Melvin Akinyi in the waning seconds slowed down KDF offence and the final whistle was a huge relief for Queens.

Despite being closely checked, Ariviza shot five goals as did Oyoo. Gladys Chilo led with six while Brenda Musavai and Merina Andala hit three each.

For KDF, the rampaging Wasike led all scorers with eight goals, Caren Lutengayi bagged six, Winnie Otaya four, and Euphrasia Mukuhsya three. 

"They kept Asavai closely checked and this cost us goals. Our technical bench will now work on how to release her under such situations," said Water team manager Caroline Kusa.

 

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