Ulinzi Warriors to stop KU Pirates
Former champions Ulinzi Warriors will be looking to catch up with leaders Equity Bank Dumas when they take on Kenyatta University Pirates (KU) in their last leg of the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Premier League today ( 4 p.m.) at Nyayo Stadium.
The Soldiers dropped to fourth place with 18 points last weekend despite not being in action as Equity Dumas and Nairobi City Thunder won their matches to take the top three spots alongside the champions in Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) title.
The Bankers beat the Strathmore University Blades 72-54 to lead the 12-team field with 20 points. KPA fell to second place with 19 points with one game remaining. Thunder also have 19 points but have played 11 games.
The Warriors will find themselves top with Equity if they beat the Pirates today and head coach Bernard Mufutu is determined to end their first leg on a high.
Talk to Switchboard SportsMufutu said they will maximize their two weeks off and get the most out of their players at Nyayo.
“Losing the game is not on the agenda as we have had enough rest and time to recover and I expect everyone to give 100% on the pitch. It was a good season where despite losing two games we still have a chance to finish among the top four teams,” said Mufutu who replaced William Balozi at the start of the 2022 season.
“Our goal, however, is not to be ahead but to win the game. We will think about the standings after the game.”
In today’s other game, third-placed Zetech Sparks will face the African Nazarene University (ANU) Panthers in the women’s league.
Tomorrow, the reigning KPA Champions come back from their second place finish at the Fiba Zone V Championship in Tanzania to face Lynx from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
The Dockers will be hoping to maintain their perfect start to the season where they have won all of their opening nine matches by beating the visitors at Makande Gymnasium.
KPA are currently top of the standings with Storms having played two more games.
Other matches will see KU Oryx take on Eagle Wings while fourth-placed Nairobi University Dynamites take on Strathmore Swords.
Zetech Titans will be entertained by Strathmore Blades in male action as the Pirates take on Terror.