Ulinzi goes to the Blades' barber shop

By francis marangu
Apr 25, 2015
  • Tony Ochieng, the Strathmore University Blades coach has sharpened razors as they await Unlinzi Warriors. (SNA File Photo)

Unbeaten Strathmore University Blades will go all out this weekend to defend its honours when they play Ulinzi Warriors in the top game of the Kenya Basketball Federation men premier league’s western conference.

Blades are on a four-game winning streak and their fifth will be very tricky. They have already seen off Mennonites, Lions and Terror but their 61-57 win over varsity rivals United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) was the sweetest.

Head coach Tony Ochieng says it came at the right time. “The USI-A game was a morale-booster to the side having lost to them last year in the playoffs.”

On Sunday, they will be playing against a wounded military side that lost to Nakuru Club away last weekend. Ulinzi will be seeking to bounce back and Blades is not the opponent they would have wished to meet that early.

William Ochieng and Ancete Wafula have to rise to the occasion against the students. Blades are aware of the enormous task of beating a team that finished second last season. “This will be our toughest game this season but we are taking it just like any other match. Ulinzi have very good players and experience,” Ochieng admitted.

“My team will go out with razors sharpened to slice them. We have to stop their shooters from the perimeter and stamp the boards. With that, I believe we shall have the two points at the end of the day,” added Ochieng.

Emmanuel Soja, Joseph Ongoro and Peter Shilton will be some of the standout players for Blades. Their scoring prowess will count heavily.

Two more games are lined up in the conference. On Saturday, Lions will entertain Mennonites. Both teams seek to end a poor start to the season. Lions have already lost to Ulinzi and Blades while Mennonites lost to Umoja last weekend.

On Sunday, Umoja will be in search of their second win of the season when they play Terror.

Winless Thunder

In the Eastern conference, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), the defending champions host Thunder in Mombasa in one of the two games. KPA have two wins out of two while Thunder are winless in their last outing against Equity Bank.

The second game in the conference has Strathmore University facing winless Nairobi Aviation College.

Only two games in the Eastern conference of women's Premier League will be played this weekend. KPA will host Kenya College of Accountancy-University (KCA-U) while Sprite Storms and Equity Bank will clash in Nairobi.

After losing their opening game to KPA, Equity picked up with a win over KCA-U and beating Storms will give them a second win. Storms were 63-14 winners over KCA-U in their opene.

Five games are lined up in Division One. Western conference action will have Eldonets play Don Bosco on Saturday and Barclays Bank on Sunday in their tour of Nairobi.

In Eastern conference, Little Prince will play World Hope while Nebulas-Kakamega will visit the city to play 4-Christ on Saturday and World Hope on Sunday.

After this weekend, the league will take a break for the Labor Day tournament at Menengai High School in Nakuru slated for May 2-3.

KBF Weekend Fixtures

Saturday: Little Prince vs World Hope (Nyayo Gymnasium, 9 a.m.), Don Bosco vs Eldonets, (10:30), 4-Christ vs Nebulas-Kakamega (12 p.m.), Lions vs Mennonites (2 p.m.), Strathmore vs Nairobi Aviation College (4 p.m.).

Sunday: World Hope vs Nebulas- Kakamega (9 a.m., Nyayo Gymnasium), Barclays Bank vs Eldonets (10:30), Sprite Storms vs Equity Bank (12 p.m.), Umoja vs Terror (2 p.m.), Blades vs Ulinzi Warriors (4 p.m.).