KPA and Prisons win Taita Taveta Governor’s Cup
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.”