• “Our focus now is on the national league where we want to defend our title,” Kiki said.
• In Dar, KPA finished third to miss out on a ticket to the Division East Elite 16, which went to eventual winners Pazi of Tanzania.
Reigning champions Kenya Ports Authority coach Sammy Kiki said their focus now remains the successful defence of their national league title.
The tactician was speaking after the porters' first Kenya National Basketball League outing upon return from Basketball Africa League duties in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Kiki revealed that he has signed four new players in their quest to retain their title. These are Kenyatta University Pirates' trio of Dolph Otieno, Simon Wambua and Megan Yamo as well as Pharees Adala from the University of Nairobi Terrorists.
The quartet all made the team for their weekend league clashes in Nairobi, against Strathmore University Blades and UoN Terrorists.
“Our focus now is on the national league where we want to defend our title,” Kiki said.
KPA blanked Blades 52-44 in their first game, which saw Lennox Wanje and Job Byron tally 13 points each. Strathmore University's Denis Koja managed 10 points.
In their second match, KPA easily blanked the Terrorists 73-49 as Martin Kitongo and Eugene Adera managed 12 and 10 points respectively. Dominic Adero grabbed the campus lads' 10 points.
The two victories pushed the Dockers from 11th to number fourth in the 12-team standings. KPA and Thunder are the only teams who are yet to taste defeat in the top tier.
In Dar, KPA finished third to miss out on a ticket to the Division East Elite 16, which went to eventual winners Pazi of Tanzania. Second-placed Dynamo of Burundi earned a wild card after finishing second.
KPA went down 75-63 to Dynamo of Burundi in their Group 'C' opener, beat Elan Coton 88-48 in the second before falling 69-67 to Pazi in their last.