KPA and Pris­ons win Taita Taveta Gov­er­nor’s Cup

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY AGNES MAKHANDIA /

Kenya Ports Au­thor­ity (men) and Kenya Pris­ons (women) are the win­ners of the Taita Taveta-Gov­er­nor’s Cup Open tour­na­ment played at the Moi Voi Sta­dium over the week­end.

KPA, un­der the new coach-cumplayer James On­tere, over­whelmed league cham­pi­ons Gen­eral Ser­vice Unit 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-15,16-14) to win their maiden tro­phy. Kenya Pris­ons women’s team, who were with­out the ser­vices of reg­u­lars Eve­lyne Makuto, Ly­dia Maiyo and El­iz­a­beth Wanyama, out nurs­ing in­juries, com­pleted a dou­ble over their do­mes­tic ri­vals Kenya Pipe­line within a month.

Pris­ons twice came from be­hind to beat the na­tional cham­pi­ons 3-2 (21-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-10, 15-13). The wardress had de­feated the side coached by Japeth Mu­nala 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-11) in the Homa Bay County tour­na­ment in July. In the women’s semis, Pipe­line A saw off their ‘B’ side in straight sets of (26-24, 25-11, 25-17), while Pris­ons hum­bled Nairobi Water 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-17).

In the men’s cat­e­gory KPA routed fast-rais­ing Nairobi Water 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22) while GSU trounced Kenya Pris­ons 3-2 (25-17,2516,16-25,15-25,15-8) to book the fi­nal berth.

In an in­ter­view, On­tere who re­placed Sammy Maa­sai as KPA coach said: “I am still weigh­ing my op­tions whether to call time off from both club and na­tional team en­gage­ment and take up coach­ing. My main aim right now is to build the team by re­cruit­ing younger play­ers.”

/COUR­TESY

Eve­lyne Makut.

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