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Nairobi News : December 4th 2013
32 Final test for USIU Flames Success story BRIAN WASUNA, NairobiNews @bwasuna email@example.com U SIU Flames and Kenya Ports Authority will battle it out for the women’s basketball Premier League in a five game playoff starting December 14. The first two games of the playoff will be held in Mombasa’s Makande Gymnasium, after which action will shift to the Kasarani Stadium for the remaining three ties. KPA hammered Sprite Storms 3-0 in their semifinal playoff to book a ticket to the finals. The dockers will look to Susan Akinyi’s hot run of form, and the experience of Hellen Oketch. Flames on the other hand recovered from their loss to Eagle Wings in the first game of their semifinal playoff to emerge 3-1 winners and set a date with KPA in the finals. They will be hoping to have Kenya international Hilda Indasi at her best, supplemented by Burundian import Cynthia Irankunda’s brilliance. Flames returned to Nairobi from Morocco yesterday after a campaign at the Africa Club Championships, and will shift focus to adding to their Zuku University Basketball League title by clinching their first ever Premier League title. The Thika Road based side finished fifth, after beating tournament hosts Omnisports de Meknes 79-63 in the fifth/sixth place playoff. A Usiu Flames have twice reached the women’s Premier League finals, in 2007 and 2012, where they fell to KPA and Eagle Wings respectively. Their 1-2 final playoff loss to Eagle Wings last year was one of the most contested finals in the history of the sport. mandatory one week break before participating in any game will give the side time to recover, regroup and prepare for the finals. Coop Bank have already Their qualification for the Africa Club Championships in Morocco came as a result of their appearance in the final of the FIBA Zone 5 championships held in Burundi in August this year, where they lost to Eagle Wings. been crowned champions of the men’s category courtesy of their 3-0 win over KPA in the final last week, taking their total league title tally to eight. NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Wednesday, Dec 4 - Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 sport AT THE HEART OF THE COUNTY Chaos looms in hockey league over union fees Hilda Indasi, of Flames, drives up field during the All Africa Games Basketball. File, Nairobi News Deal. No team will play any matches until they pay up. Problem is more than half the clubs are indebted BRIAN YONGA, NairobiNews @brianyongz firstname.lastname@example.org the hockey union. The clubs owe the union about Sh1.3 T million according to a circular sent to the clubs. Teams with outstanding balances could be docked points if they fail to honour matches said KHU Chairman Nahshon Randiek. Mombasa Sports Club and Kenyatta University have the biggest arrears with Sh51,000 and Sh44,000. “The league will go on but no team will be allowed to play without clearing the balance,” said Randiek. Clear debts He termed it unfair for registered play- ers to play with those who are not registered. It was assumed the clubs would clear their debts when the league took the break paving way for the African Nations Cup last month. Recently, teams have been handed walkovers due to the situation. Kenyatta University could not play against Mombasa Institute in the men national league because of the problem. The Barnabas Odhiambo,left, of the national team is tackled by Kevin Otieno of Kenya Police during a training session at City Park grounds. Martin Mukangu, Nairobi News match between MSC ladies and Kenyatta ladies too had to be called off. “The union held a meeting on Saturday with tteam managers to discuss a way forward. “KHU at its executive committee meet- ing held on September 28 resolved that no team with arrears will be permitted to take to the field of play and that the match will be awarded to the opponent as per the rules of the tournament,” read part of the statement signed by the Union’s Secretary General Davinder Singh Bharij. Published at Nation Centre, Kimathi Street, Printed at Mombasa Road, Nairobi by Nation Media Group Limited, P. O. Box 49010, Nairobi, 00100, Tel: 32888000, 0719038000, 0732138000. Fax 2213946. Registered at the GPO as a newspaper Photos. File, NairobiNews NairobiNews he Kenya Hockey League is in turmoil as 19 clubs risk been locked out of the league due to huge arrears owed to Those cleared Teams in the league that have paid include: Telkom Orange, Multimedia University, Kabarak University, Mombasa Institute, Bay Club, University of Nairobi, Mount Kenya University, Strathmore, Kisumu Simba, USIU-A, Karate Axiom and Parklands. Premier league clubs are supposed to pay Sh20,000 for registration, another Sh12,000 for the matches played another Sh18,000 for player registration a figure subject to change if a club has brought in new players.
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