Kenya Prisons, MOICT retain Netball league titles

By francis marangu
Dec 31, 2021

Kenya Prisons and Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, MOICT, have ended the 2013 season on a high after retaining their respective men and women netball league titles.

Prisons finished unbeaten with maximum 24 points from twelve matches with GANEC coming up as first runner-up with 20 points from ten wins and two losses.

Kenyatta University was the second runner-up with 16 points from eight wins and four losses. This was Prisons’ seventh straight league title.

MOICT won their second successive title with an unbeaten run as well winning all their fourteen matches to collect 28 points.

Western Stima and Kenyatta National Hospital, KNH, came joint second with 22 points from eleven wins and two losses each but Stima had a superior goal difference.

Both leagues were played across eight legs countrywide namely Naivasha, Kisumu, Kakamega, Nairobi, Ruiru, Nakuru, Malindi and Nakuru.

Apart from the league triumph, it was a rewarding year for both Prisons and MOICT teams that also represented the country at the World Championships in South Africa winning silver and bronze respectively.

The teams also took part in Zone V Club Championships in July with Prisons winning gold and MOICT taking home bronze.

Joan Matingi of MOICT and Jester Kioko of Prisons were the most valuable players for the ended season. 

Financial constraints  

Western Stima was voted the most disciplined team for ladies and Kenyatta University for men.

Seperately, the Kenya Netball Federation, KNF, will be looking forward to a change in fortunes in 2014 after their 2013 season was hugely affected by financial constraints both at the league and national levels.

A total of eleven clubs had financial problems from the start of the league in February which resulted in many walkovers. KNF secretary general Lilian Anupi says this has been one of their toughest season.

“Due to financial constraints, some of the teams could not honor and complete their league matches as scheduled and we had to award walkovers.” Ironically, most of the affected clubs are sponsored by corporate companies and the federation plans to take speedy action in getting the fines paid.

“The teams involved are supposed to pay heavy fines of which we shall write to their respective sponsors,” she said adding, “A team like Nairobi Water appeared only in one leg and they pleaded to be allowed to pay later.

However, they never appeared again and we have not heard from them.”

The federation was also unable to send a national team to the world championships in South Africa where Kenya was represented by club sides Kenya Prisons for men and MOICT for ladies.

KNF is keen not to repeat the same by sourcing for sponsors early now that Kenya will host the East and Central Africa Senior Challenge Cup next year.

KNF League Standings: Ladies Super One- MOICT (28 points), Western Stima (22), KNH (22), Ulinzi (6), Eldoret Stima (6), Nyeri Stima (4), KEBS (2), KPA (2); Ladies Division One- Kisumu Royal Ladies (24), St. Johns Community Centre (16), Kengen Sondu Miriu (14), Blue Triangle (14), Nairobi City County (12), Shalimar Flowers (6), Nairobi Water (2); Men- Kenya Prisons (24), GANEC (20), Kenyatta University (16), Superlight (12), Nairobi City County (8), NABACE (2), Blessed (2); Individual Awards: Most Valuable Players; Ladies- Joan Matingi (MOICT), Men- Jester Kioko (Kenya Prisons): Best Shooter; Ladies- Caroline Achieng (MOICT), Men- Elvis Kuya (Kenya Prisons): Best Defender; Ladies- Grace Etyang (MOICT), Men- Caleb Amui (Kenya Prisons): Best Midfielder- Ladies- Pauline Mwajuma (Western Stima), Men- Joseph Makau (GANEC): Best Disciplined Team; Ladies- Western Stima, Men- Kenyatta University: Smartly Dressed Team; Ladies- KNH/Blue Triangle, Men- GANEC/Kenya Prisons.