Leaking roof causes match abandonment at Nyayo gym again!

By francis marangu
Apr 28, 2015
  • Felix Omondi of Mennonites dribbles past Lions in a KBF league match at the Nyayo Stadium. The match between Ulinzi and Strathmore was abandoned because of a leaking roof. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

A leaking roof at the Nyayo National Stadium indoor court caused the abandonment at half time of a Kenya Basketball Federation league match between Strathmore Blades and Ulinzi Warriors.

This is the third time a game has been abandoned at the gymnasium due to leaking roof over the past two seasons.

During last season’s playoffs, Sports Kenya intervened after play was interrupted by rain. Very minimal renovations were made at the time and their laxity continues to haunt the beautiful game. 

Ironically, Britam Insurance won branding rights for the stadium with expectations that the facility will improve. To the contrary, it is the same old story. 

The match was abandoned at half time with Ulinzi leading 33-31after winning the second quarter 20-16 and Blades the first 15-13.

Earlier, University of Nairobi Terrorist beat Umoja 77-65. It was a dominant show for Terror who led 34-30 at halftime. The first quarter went to Terror 18-12 and Umoja won the second 18-16.

Umoja took a three-point lead in the third quarter winning 23-16 but Terror turned tables with a 27-12 score in the fourth quarter. Michael Ochieng scored 22 points for Terror while Collins Ochieng and William Mayiel combined for 31. Marvin Freeman and Rodgers Ombati scored 14 points apiece for Umoja.

In another match, Samba Mjomba scored 14 points and Eleanor Musundi added 13 as Equity Bank women's team beat Sprite Storms 57-31. The bankers led 29-15 at halftime after winning first and second quarters 12-5 and 17-10.

The third quarter was the toughest for Storms losing 3-18 but won the fourth 14-10. Storms'  highest scorer was Linet Mukiri with nine points.

Slim lead at the breather

In division one, World Hope beat Kakamega-Nebulas 89-62. They narrowly led 36-35 at the breather. Eric Kayiere scored 25 points for World Hope and Patrick Wakasiaka adde 23. Fredrick Osore top scored for Nebulas with 24 points.

Barclays Bank escaped with a 59-53 win over Eldonets after a 30-22 halftime lead. Neville Ogutu top-scored for Barclays with 15 points while Franklyn Omwaka and Maxwell Kerugo replied with 16 each for Nebulas.

In the meantime, up to 34 basketball clubs are on the spot for using unregistered players in the KBF league.

Joseph Amoko, the KBF competitions secretary said the federation will not allow any of the affected clubs to field unregistered players from the next round of play. Under the competitions rules for this season, all players must get official transfer documents whenever they move clubs.

However, most of the participating teams have overlooked the rules. “The team managers are responsible for this and we are not going to allow these players to play before they are officially released from their former clubs,” Amoko stated.

“We have written to teams to provide us with their registration forms and only 15 have done so. With effect from today (Monday), we shall not allow these players to turn up for their new teams unless they have been released officially.”

Sunday Results: World Hope 89 Kakamega-Nebulas 62, Barclays Bank 59 Eldonets 53, Sprite Storms 31 Equity Bank 57, Umoja 65 Terror 77, Blades 31 Ulinzi Warriors 33 (stopped at halftime).