PORTERS KEEP HOPE HIGH

Champion KPA off to Dar show today to defend crown

He said Kenya Lionesses guard Natalie Mwangale will captain the 16-time national champions in the tournament.

In Summary

•While releasing the 13-man squad for the September 26 to October 1 tourney, KPA tactician Anthony Ojukwu confirmed they are all set for the week-long bonanza.

•KPA, who are also national champions, defeated compatriots Equity Bank 71-35 in an all-Kenyan final at the same venue last year.

Hilda Indasi (2nd L) at a past encounter against KPA’s Annrose Mandela.
Hilda Indasi (2nd L) at a past encounter against KPA’s Annrose Mandela.
Image: FILE

Kenya Ports Authority women depart this morning by road as they seek to defend their FIBA Africa Zone Five title in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.

While releasing the 13-man squad for the September 26-0ctober 1 tourney, KPA tactician Anthony Ojukwu confirmed they are all set for the week-long bonanza.

The girls have put in days of serious training and are ready for the title defence.

"We had our last training session on Monday and we are now ready for the next phase which is Dar. I gave them time off Tuesday to prepare for the trip," he said.

He went on, "The players are in good shape with no injuries at all and everybody is raring to go."

KPA, who are also national champions, defeated compatriots Equity Bank 71-35 in an all-Kenyan final at the same venue last year.

He said Kenya Lionesses guard Natalie Mwangale will captain the 16-time national champions in the tournament. "She remains the engine and driving force to the team's success. Natalie is a leader and tireless warrior on the court," he observed.

KPA are currently top of the national league with an unbeaten run. They have 18 points from nine games.

The dock women will also rely on national team players Jemimah Knight, Selina Okumu, Velma Owino and Medina Okot. The rest of the squad includes; Caroline Akinyi, Rebecca Nkatha, Rachael Wandago, Linda Alando, Rita Anyango, Belinda Okoth and Berly Milungo.

Other teams for the event are- Nile Sister (South Sudan), APR and REG (Rwanda), Young Sisters (Burundi), Vijana Queens (Tanzania), Walktie (Ethiopia) and Sporting Club (Egypt.

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