KPA players and officials celebrating after the league triumph Credit: KPA
[/media-credit] KPA players and officials after the league triumph Credit: KPA

After lifting the 2016 Kenya Basketball Federation men’s League trophy, Kenyan giants Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) will try to dethrone Ugandan champions City Oilers at the FIBA Africa Zone V Clubs Basketball Championship.

Team coach Sammy Kiki told Kenyan media that his side would have a go at the title this year to break a jinx that has seen their efforts of winning the regional trophy futile.

Kiki was a KPA player when the side fell to Rwanda’s APR and missed out on winning the trophy in 2002.

The freshest of memories will probably be the 2014 edition when they lost to Burundian outfit Urunani in Mombasa.

“The event is still fresh in our minds, it was a painful loss as we were so sure of bringing the trophy home,” Kiki, who was the assistant coach in 2014, told GameYetu in an interview.

The newly crowned champions will start early preparations for the event expected to be hosted in Kampala later this year.

Among their preparation plans, KPA look to add three pivotal players to their roster before the championship.

Four-time Ugandan league winners won the 2016 edition after defeating Ulinzi in the finals for their first regional championship.

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