By: PHILIP ONYANGO
Hosts Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) men will be hoping to subdue Kenya Defence Forces as the Kenya Volleyball Federation national league playoffs serve off at the Makande Gymnasium, Mombasa, this morning.
The duel, programmed to serve off at 10am will see the dockers, who return to the playoffs after over a decade, seek to beat KDF – who finished third in last year’s playoffs at the same venue.
ENJOYING HOME SUPPORT
Despite enjoying home support, KPA, whose majority of players are based upcountry, will not be at ease as most of their players will be struggling to acclimatise to the high humidity levels in Mombasa.
This is expected to be the case with other teams from up country like KDF.
Having had a two-week residential training in Mombasa, KPA tactician Sammy Masai, however believes his players will not have any problems adjusting to the hot weather during today’s match which he admits will be tricky.
The presence of former Japan-based James Ontere in the KPA lineup is enough motivation for the team that will also rely on Sammy Ngeny, Joseph Pushati and Sam Juma whose combination with Dalmas Mukhwana, Benjamin Yego, Solomon Salbei and Josephat Kirwa saw them finish the KVF national league season on top of the log.
Other players coach Masai is expected to field against the soldiers include John Bosco Opendi, Nahashon Biwot, Wesley Tarus and Kennedy Korir .
KDF coach Joshua Ruto will rely on his star players like Sila Makiso and Gideon Tarus.
The other men’s encounter will see defending champions Kenya Prisons take on General Service Unit (GSU) at 12 noon.
The women’s matches will see Kenya Prisons take on Nairobi Water from 2.00pm while defending champions Kenya Pipeline have a date with Kenya Commercial Bank from 16.00pm.
10am- KPA versus KDF (men)
12pm- Prisons vs GSU (men)
2 pm- Prisons vs KCB (women)
4pm- Pipeline vs KCB (women).
SOURCE: DAILY NATION