Equity Bank men and women basketball teams are one victory away from qualifying for the 2021-2022 Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League finals.
Both teams posted dominant performances in their respective semifinal playoffs played over the weekend, at Nyayo Gymnasium.
Led by their captain Victor Ochieng, Equity Dumas maximised on their home court advantage to take a 2-0 lead in the semifinals against Kenya Ports Authority (KPA men). The two are battling in a best-of-five series format.
On Sunday, Ochieng dropped 29 points, three rebounds and two assists to lead the bankers to a comfortable 78-66 win over the Dockers.
KPA’s ship started to sink on Saturday when they lost 64-54 with Ochieng again being the mastermind of the visitor’s downfall at a fully packed Nyayo Gymnasium.
And after missing out on the semifinals for the past five season, Equity are now one game away from reaching the finals, which gives head coach David Maina the reason to begin dreaming of championship title.
Speaking to Standard Sports, Maina, who also handles the women’s teams, said he was proud of the boys’ character ahead of the semis and believes they can win their first final.
“I am really proud of the players. Our goal at the start of the season was to get to the finals this year after being knocked out in the quarterfinals for the past five years,” said Maina.
“That ice is finally broken and we are now on a championship journey. KPA is not an easy team considering they have very experienced players who have played in the international level compared to us.”
In the other men’s semis clash, defending champions Ulinzi Warriors hammered Blades 79-69 to also take a 2-0 series lead. The service men had defeated the university side 78-54 on Saturday.
A win in Game Three will take them through to the finals.
In the women’s semifinals, defending champions Equity Hawks and regular season leaders KPA women edged closer to booking a spot in the finals after taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the series in their respective matches.
Kenya Lioness star Mellisa Akinyi had 17 points and five rebounds to guide Hawks to a 66-58 win on Sunday after they had completed a 50-45 comeback win against Zetech Sparks.
KPA, on the other hand thrashedStorms 89-61 and 79-33 respectively.
Dennis Ombachi Wows Fans With Video Of Son’s Swimming Skills
Dennis Ombachi, popular rugby player and chef has set tongues wagging after sharing a snippet of his toddler son showcasing that he can float on water and swim to safety.
Ombachi took to his Instagram page to share a video throwing the little boy into the water, leaving many in shock.
In the short video, the rugby player lifted his son up, kissed him, then he tossed him into a swimming pool by the leg.
“Four weeks since we started water safety classes and my son graduated today, officially water safe!” Ombachi gushed on Twitter about his son’s abilities.
Once in the water, the baby boy quickly gets himself to a floating position and kicks his feet moving forward steadily. It appears that he can get himself out of a pool and even keep his head up to breathe after having been taught the life skill early on.
Following the child’s accomplishment, Ombachi said that he is a “proud father”
“Proud of you my naughty boy, you’re finally Water Safe, less worries for us when you are out of our sight having successfully completed your water safety class. Happy graduation day,” he wrote on Instagram.
Since his early Monday morning post, the self-taught chef has been trending on Twitter, with over 5000 tweets being made about him, with netizens sharing mixed reactions.
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Juniors Intensify Training Ahead Of World Under-20 Championships
Athletics Kenya (AK) is impressed with the progress made by inferior athletes at the ongoing vacation camp.
The camps are aimed at preparing athletes for the World Under-20 tournament in Cali, Colombia.
AK President Jack Tuwei who was speaking in Kapsumbeiywo All4Running youth camp which is headed by former world
800m champion Janeth Jepkosgei, said he was impressed by the turnout of the youth in colorful camps.
“We have 26 camps across the country and we are happy because they are training well thanks to the government who have helped in funding them. As a federation we shall do our part and make sure we get some of the best from these camps,” Tuwei said.
Kenya will be seeking to retain the title for the younger team for the third time in a row in the tournament set for August after winning in Tampere, Finland in 2018 and again last time in Nairobi.
AK youth head trainer Robert Ngiserei said the early medication will enable the country to present a strong platoon across the all events.
“At the Youth Sub Committee, we have embraced this program as it will help us improve more on the development of talent which will ensure our country remains as an athletics powerhouse,” Ngiserei said.