The Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) women’s Premier League has a new champion in the name of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
KPA beat defending champions Equity Hawks to win the 2021/2022 title that was relinquished by the bankers.
KPA beat Hawks 70-64 in the fourth game of the best-of-five series at the Makande Hall in Mombasa on Sunday afternoon to lift the title.
KPA bullied their opponents on their way to victory thanks to their strong squad that consists of national team players Natalie Akinyi, Selina Okumu, Medina Okot, Hilda Indasi and Vilma Achieng.
The Anthony Ojukwu-coached side was served a scare in the opener losing on away tough 53-21 to the Hawks at the Nyayo Gymnasium in Nairobi on February 19 before recollecting themselves to win the second game 58-45 to have the series tied at 1-1.
Ojukwu and his ladies returned to their backyard pf Mombasa with three games to play and put on a show beating Equity in Game Three (77-63) and Game Four (70-64) to win the series 3-1 and the title.
“Big congratulations to the players. This is a wonderful performance mixed up with youth and experience and I am glad to be the coach of these talented and hardworking ladies,” Ojukwu congratulated his ladies for ending Equity Hawks’ dominance.
According to the winning head coach, his team maintained their levels from the regular season into the playoffs to end their four-year title drought.
“To lose only one match in the playoffs is an indication that this team is very strong and ready to conquer Africa. Everything we set out to do during our training sessions played out well and I can’t wait to do this again,” added Ojukwu.
KPA had last won the title in 2018 during which they beat the same opponent, with the same margin.