A depleted Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) play their second men’s Premier League game of the season on Saturday against Trailblazers at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
In their opening game last weekend, the students lost 45-64 to newcomers Umoja.
Head coach Charles Goro is predicting a tough season for his team after losing out many players in the off-season.
Among notable departures is that of guard Brian Ondari to Nairobi City Thunder while George Obumbo has signed for Co-operative Bank.
“With more than half of my players gone, it will definitely be a tough season if I don't get quality replacements before the end of the first leg. About four players remained and the new recruits are not that good to fill the gap,” Goro told Sports News Arena.
“It is like am starting from scratch.”
Last season, KCA-U struggled to find the footing in their debut season and survived relegation by luck. The 2017 season could not be any different for the team.
“By now, we should be strategizing on how to make it to the playoffs but we might end up returning to division one,” Goro lamented.
USIU-A looking for a win
United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) is another team that will be looking for a win in their second game. They lost 48-75 to Ulinzi Warriors last weekend and will be facing Co-operative Bank on Saturday.
Veteran Yoni Wanambiro has returned to USIU-A after spending last season at Division II side Blazers.
On the other side, Co-op Bank has signed four new players namely Obumbo, Joshua Kisali from Zetech University, Shem Otieno from Thunder and Romano O'Connor from Barclays Bank.
Personal and work commitments have pushed out Marvin Odhiambo and Paul Nyakinda who will not be part of the bankers for the new season.
USIU-A will play Trailblazers on Sunday. Thunder and Equity Bank will face off in one of the biggest games of the weekend.
Kevin Chogo, who has grown into a good player at Thunder has joined Equity and will line up against his former side on Saturday.
Last weekend, Equity beat Lions 64-47 while Thunder lost 52-75 to Strathmore Blades. On Sunday, Blades will play Lions.
In the women’s Premier League, Eagle Wings has a game against Storms while Kenyatta University takes on Strathmore University.
Kenyatta University Oryx lost 30-50 in their first game to debutants Zetech University.
Masaku Sparks who were relegated to Division II play their second game against Egerton University. They beat Strathmore University II 67-45 last weekend.
Saturday: Eagle Wings vs Storms (Nyayo gymnasium, 11:30 a.m.), Trailblazers vs KCA-U (1 p.m.), Co-op Bank vs USIU-A (2:30), Thunder vs Equity Bank (4 p.m.), 4-Christ vs Egerton University (Upper Hill School, 10 a.m.), Masaku Sparks vs Egerton University (11:30), NIBS vs Neosasa Morans (1 p.m.), Strathmore University vs Nakuru Club (4 p.m.).
Sunday: KCA-U vs Strathmore University (Nyayo gymnasium, 8:30 a.m.), JKUAT vs Gladiators (10 a.m.), Kenyatta University Oryx vs Strathmore University (11:30), Blades vs Lions (1 p.m.), KAA vs Terror (2:30 p.m.), USIU-A vs Trailblazers (4 p.m.), Footprints vs Egerton University (Upper Hill School, 8:30 a.m.), KDF Morans vs Egerton University (10 a.m.), NIBS vs Little Prince (11:30).