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KPA start campaign with a home duel against newly promoted Emyba

Samba Mjomba (R) of Equity Bank challenges Hellen Oketch of KPA during a previous match
Samba Mjomba (R) of Equity Bank challenges Hellen Oketch of KPA during a previous match
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REIGNING national men’s champions Kenya Ports Authority start their 2019 campaign with a home duel against newly promoted Emyba.

With the newly introduced Basketball Africa League looming, this year’s title fight will be a fiercely contested one.

The porters, who shut out Ulinzi Warriors to claim the title, are ready for the challenge and coach Sammy Kiki says he is looking forward to win another diadem.

At the Nyayo Stadium, former champions Ulinzi Warriors face Equity Bank. The bankers are upbeat after claiming the Tom Munyama Memorial tourney over the weekend. Another top tie of the day will see Griffins Ligare led Thunder take on Strathmore University Blades. The students beat them to the third spot in last year’s league. The first ever Premier League show in Eldoret will see the home boys Eldonets led by captain Tyson Ongwae, host United States International University ‘Tigers’. In the women’s match up, Equity Bank meet Africa bronze medallist, Eagle Wings in the main card. The other match will see Sparks open their fixtures against Strathmore University ‘Swords’.

In Mumias, Western Delight who had a poor 2018 host USIU ‘Flames’ who are now under the tutelage of former Rwandese side, APR coach, Cliff Owuor.

On Sunday, Equity Bank confront Thunder in what should be an exciting but tricky tie that can go either way. Ulinzi Warriors meet a stubborn KCA University side in their second fixture of the week. Self-supporting Umoja hope to impress once again as they confront World Hope. Eagles Wings square it off against Tangit Sparks in the only women’s tie.