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Kenyan basketball teams in for friendlies

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Top ranked Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) men’s and ladies’ basketball teams arrive in the country today for a series of friendlies.

The two teams are expected to be in the country for two weeks playing against Southern Zone Basketball League (Sozobal)’s top five from Saturday before lining up against the best five from Central Zone Basketball League on June 25.

The Sozobal matches will be played at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre and Chancellor College in Zomba whereas Civo Basketball Court and African Bible College will host the matches in Lilongwe.

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Basketball Association of Malawi General Secretary Peter Gomani said the Kenyan teams would be in the country at the association’s invitation.

“We thought of inviting them at this point because our leagues are just about to resume after a one-year suspension due to the Covid pandemic. We want to hype the mood among basketball fans in preparation for the new season. We also want to take advantage of the Kenyans’ visit to learn how they run basketball,” Gomani said.

He said Fiba certified referees will arrive with the Kenyan contingent for refresher courses.

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KPA men’s Coach Sammy Kiki is expected to travel with a strong squad bolstered with three top players.

The stars are Nick Ogol from Omoja, Thunder shooting guard Fidel Muga and point guard Lennox Wanje of Mombasa.

According to Kenyan media, KPA, who are also known as the Dockers, won the Kenyan Basketball Premier League in 2016, 2017 and 2018 but lost to Ulinzi Warriors in 2019.

The ladies’ team also won the Fiba-Africa Zone V Club championship in Tanzania some five years ago.

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