KPA retains KECOSO championship shield

Kisumu – September 25, 2017

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) registered impressive results in various games to retain the Kenya Communications Sports Organisation (KECOSO) Mawasiliano shield.

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Chairman of KECOSO Governing Council Mr. Cyril Wayongo presents the Mawasiliano shield to Head of Administration Mrs. Jayne Kamau after KPA emerged overall winners of the 38th KECOSO games in Kisumu.

KPA teams dominated in the sporting activities of the 38th KECOSO games staged in Kisumu and managed to bag at least 15 trophies in a grueling week that produced tension and camaraderie in equal measure.

The Authority outshined opponents in football, basketball (both men and ladies), swimming (Able and physically challenged categories), table tennis, darts, snooker and pool.

In football, KPA chose to field a youthful U20 Bandari FC team which ended up conquering battle hardened opponents to prove to the participating corporations the array of talent in its books.

In basketball, the towering men and ladies under the tutelage of the legendary Sammy Kiki and Chris Ogutu, employed every stratagem in the rule book to win the title. Just like their football colleagues, they won the hearts and minds of the charged fans in Kisumu following their heroic display.

Equally impressive was the KPA men's volleyball team in their lung-bursting tie against the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) – coming from behind and winning the final nerve racking set which saw the team emerge victorious by a 3-2 win.

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The KPA ladies basketball team in action against KCAA

In swimming fans were elated by the beautiful sight of physically challenged Olympian Swaleh offering team-talk strategies to his charges in the swimming finals. Fielding both the able and physically challenged categories, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts (MOSCA), KCAA and Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) could not claim the plinth occupied by KPA.

However, in netball even after playing their hearts out, the KPA ladies team that doubled as the basketball team settled for a runners-up position. Their loss was attributed to accumulated fatigue in the other event. KPA's netballer Christine Ongiro was named the overall best player. In the scrabble finals, KPA lost to the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) by 8-2.

Overall KPA finished the tournament at position one, followed by KBC and KCAA at second and third positions respectively.

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KPA Board Directors Mr. Steven L'Okedi (L), Ms. Hafswa Dele (second right) and Mr. Valentine Mwakamba (right) join the Sports Officer Lenox Safari to display some of the trophies won. 

The KECOSO games which are held annually, bring together 12 institutions drawn from the communications industry. The ministries of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Information and Communication Technology and Sports, Culture and Arts are also represented in the membership of KECOSO.