Big battle in Coast showpiece

By Ernest Ndunda: Thursday, March 15th 2018 at 00:23 GMT +3 | Sports
Veida Achieng (left) of Kaya Tiwi Secondary School dribbles the ballagainst Maridhia Swaleh (right) of Lukore Secondary School in one of the ladies round-robin basketball matches at Shimba Hills High School as the Kwale County Term One Games got underway,February 23,2 018. [PHOTO BY GIDEON MAUNDU/STANDARD].

It will be a re-enactment of last year’s semi-final match when Mombasa champions Aga Khan Academy and Kaya Tiwi School battle this morning at the Coast region secondary schools Term One games at Kenyatta Mwatate in Taita Taveta County.

The boys’ basketball match, which is expected to be a tough encounter, will see Kaya Tiwi try to revenge their last year semi-final defeat by Aga Khan Academy.

“The loss to Aga Khan Academy last year is still fresh in our minds and we are not ready for another defeat,” said Anthony Ojukwu, the Kaya Tiwi coach.

“I have a balanced defence and forwards that are capable of beating the champions,” said Ojukwu.

Jimnah Kimani, who coaches Aga Khan, said he was optimistic of retaining the title despite losing at the Mombasa County games to Shimo La Tewa. “My focus is to retain the regional title,” said Kimani. The two teams met in last year’s semi-finals at Mazeras High School where Aga Khan won but went ahead to lose to St George’s of Kilifi County in the final.

Aga Khan then launched an appeal and St Georges were found guilty of fielding seven illegible players.

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The other boys’ basketball match of pool ‘A’ pits Ganze from Kilifi and Mwambiti from Taita Taveta.