Strathmore and Upper Hill host league matches, Nyayo Gymnasium unavailable

By francis marangu
Apr 13, 2017
  • Equity point guard Samba Mjomba in action. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • KPA Brigid Nanzala against Strathmore University Barbara Samba . KPA will not be in action this weekend. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Umoja's Gilbert Obiero dribbles past Co-Op Bank. The bankers will play Equity Bank this weekend. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Teams will have to do with outdoor play for the Easter weekend due to unavailability of the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.

Premier League matches initially scheduled for the indoor gymnasium on Saturday and Sunday have been moved to the Strathmore University grounds in Madaraka.

Lower division matches will be played at Upper Hill School.

A “bankers derby” pitting Co-operative Bank against Equity Bank in the men’s Premier League will be a top game for the weekend.

Equity are still chasing their first win against Co-op Bank in the league. The bankers have lost to Ulinzi Warriors this season while Equity have lost to Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Nairobi City Thunder.

New signing Kevin Chogo is coming out as a key player for Equity from their matches played so far. He will be a dependable player against Co-op Bank.

Co-op Bank lost the final to KPA last season and their signings tell of a team with intent keen this season. They have depth. Both teams have a powerful bench that can change the match at any point.

The match between Lions and Trailblazers is another that will light up the weekend.

Lions must pick maximum points

With no win so far, Lions must pick maximum points against Trailblazers to get back on track.

They stretched Umoja to overtime and have the capacity to get good result against their opponent on Saturday afternoon. The absence of Dennis Opiyo could be their biggest setback.

Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) are walking the same path as Lions. They are winless and will be up against Ulinzi this weekend, only a week after the soldiers registered the season’s first century win over Lions.

Point guard Collins Odhiambo will steady the ship for KCA-U to help perform well against Ulinzi.

On Sunday, Ulinzi will play Umoja in their second match.

Strathmore Blades will face Zetech University who beat the United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) last weekend.

It will be a fast-paced match with guards William Okombo (Zetech) and Reuben Muraya (Blades) expected to keep opponents on their pace.

Both teams can win it from individual players with Peter Shilton (Blades) and Jeremy Opiyo (Zetech) expected to be the architects. Muraya’s good individual play is also vital for Blades.

In the women’s Premier League, the big match will pit champions Equity Bank against a weakened USIU-A side on Sunday morning.

Departure of key players

The departure of key players like Cynthia Irankunda and Georgia Adhiambo as well as Sarah Chan’s injury has made it tough for the students.

They have already lost to debutants Zetech University but still have the untiring Melissa Akinyi on board.

When they meet on Sunday, it will not be a usual game as Equity have reinforced their playing unit.

In another game, playing at home will not be a big issue for Strathmore Swords but they will want to forget their last match against KPA which they lost by 40 points.

They will play Zetech who seem keen on challenging for their title on their debut. Matches involving KPA in Mombasa have been rescheduled to a later date.

KPA were supposed to play against Eagle Wings while their male counterparts drawn against Thunder.

Fixtures

Saturday: 4-Christ vs Blazers (8:30 am, Strathmore grounds), EMYBA vs Little Prince (10 a.m.), KAA vs Barclays Bank (11:30), KCA-U vs Ulinzi Warriors (1 p.m.), Lions vs Trailblazers (2:30), Co-op Bank vs Equity Bank (4 p.m.), Riara University vs KDF Morans (10 a.m., Upper Hill School), KCA-U vs Gladiators (11:30), Daystar University vs Strathmore University (1 p.m.), Masaku Sparks vs Footprints (2:30), Zetech University vs World Hope (4 p.m.).

Sunday: Equity Bank Hawks vs USIU-A Flames (10 a.m., Strathmore grounds), Kenyatta University Pirates vs Nakuru Club (11:30), Strathmore Swords vs Zetech University (1 p.m.), Strathmore Blades vs Zetech University (2:30), Ulinzi Warriors vs Umoja (4 p.m.), Riara University vs JKUAT (1 p.m., Upperhill School), Barclays Bank vs Terror (2:30).