Eight-time league champions Ulinzi Warriors are looking to collect maximum points as the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) league action continues today throughout to Sunday at the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) courts with more than 30 matches set to be played in the three days.
Warriors, who have lost one match so far against Strathmore Blades, are up against Co-operative Bank’s Spartans and KCA University today and tomorrow and team manager Stephen Bartilol is confident the team will do better this season than they did in the last where they lost in the playoff semi-final.
“We are having a challenge competing in outdoor courts, yet we train indoors, since the federation currently has no indoor facility in use following the closure of Nyayo National Stadium. However, we are doing our best and as a team we are adjusting quite well and the facility should not influence our results,” said Bartilol.
The side has enlisted the services of two new players Hussein Mohammed a shooting guard recruited from Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Collins Muliro formerly with division one side Baobab of Mombasa.
“We are rebuilding the team and including youngsters in the team as we try to catch up with the kind of play currently in the league. The two players have just graduated from the military basic training and they are very talented and have already started making a difference in the squad,” Bartilol said.
The team manager also intimated that they expect to have two more players Leting Watata signed from Laiser Hill and David Ouma signed from Kisumu Lakeside as soon as they complete their military training.
Meanwhile, Warriors’ match against Co-operatives Bank’s Spartans is still in doubt as unconfirmed reports indicate that the team is folding up. Spartans have already handed out two walkovers and a third one will see them relegated.
In other weekend matches a university derby is in the offing as USIU-Africa face KCA. Last season’s finalist Blades will play Umoja and Thunder in their two weekend matches while World Hope clash with Trailblazers, Spartans and KCA-U in the three days of action respectively.
In women’s matches, last season’s losing finalist Equity Bank are in action against USIU-Africa and Eagle Wings today andon Sunday. The two teams are seeking to forget their weekend woes in the hands of title holders KPA Ladies as Equity fell by 77-57 and Eagle Wings by 70-30. Debutants Masaku Sparks will face Eagle Wings in another match while Zetech face Footprints.