Uganda’s JKL Lady Dolphins on Saturday night defeated reigning champions Kenya Ports Authority in the Zone 5 Qualifiers final to emerge as the new Champions.
Ugandas JKL are Zone five Champions
Uganda’s JKL Lady
Dolphins on Saturday night defeated reigning champions Kenya Ports Authority in
the Zone 5 Qualifiers final to emerge as Champions.
The Mombasa based side KPA started
the campaign with a slim lead of 15-14 in the first quarter over JKL in a game
full of experience and energy played at the National Indoor stadium arena in Dar es salaam.
KPA continued the
lead at second half with 33-28 lead, but the JKL side rose to the occasion with
good defence and offense to ensure a major 22-12 lead in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was a game largely
dominated by the Ugandan side as the debutants limited KPA to only eight
points, ensuring a 63-56 much needed win of the day.
The win grants the
Ugandan side their first ever regional championship and a ticket to the
continental games that attracts only the best from Africa.
Brenda Ekone took
home the woman of the match award after she scored an impressive 15 points and
10 rebound with her quick attacks towards the opponent’s side
KPA's main guard
Nathalie Akinyi top performance at the back and front of the court could not
save the Kenyans.
JKL Captain Flavia Oketcho walked away with the
Most Valuable Player Award, after a
consistent display of skills and guiding her team to the historic achievement.
for KCCA Leopards at the 2015 edition in Angola, and is now glad to return in
the big arena, after missing up to three editions.
Although they lost
to JKL, Kenya’s KPA qualify also for the African champions games by virture of
emerging the second best team in the East African games.
The teams join
defending champions Ferroviario de
Maputo of Mozambique, hosts MB2ALL while nine more teams are yet to qualify for
the remaining slots in games to be played in Madagascar.