It has been a tough couple of months for Kenya Ports Authority (KPA). First the team failed to retain the Kenyan title (because it lost the semi-finals to future champion s Ulinzi Warriors). Then, it also failed to travel to Kigali in time for the second round of the BAL Qualifiers.
On Tuesday, the team did not show up for its first game against Uganda’s City Oilers. Bball Kenya wrote that “According to reports, the club is currently faced with internal wrangles and financial constraints that they could not afford the trip to Rwanda […..]”
However, the players of KPA used their own money to still travel to Kigali, as they went by bus. After a 24 hour drive, they arrived in Kigali Today.
Having lost the first two games already, KPA was considered to be eliminated already however the team showed up against favorites Ferroviário de Maputo (Mozambique).
The Kenyan port officers surprised everybody by upsetting the team, winning 79-67. Leading scorer was Faisal Jama Aden who led the team with 20 points and 8 rebounds. However, it has to be noted that Maputo missed its star player Alvaro Masa.
Its game against Cobra (South Sudan) was moved to tomorrow. Surprisingly, it is still possible that KPA will qualify for the semi-finals.
Anthony Ojukwu said to FIBA: “We played together as a team and that really helped us to win. We have been through a lot in the past days traveling by road for more than 24 hours but we came and gave everything today. We showed character today and I am very proud of the boys.”