KPA banking on sports to give back to the society

KPA management lead by chairman Marsden Madoka (in brown) next to him is KPA MD Catherine Mturi; receive trophies from the coaches after a tremendous season by its clubs. PHOTO: WYCLIF OKUMU.

Mombasa, KENYA: Kenya Port Authority KPA management has reiterated its position and dedication to continue extending their goodwill in sports as a way of giving back to the society.

Speaking during an event organized to celebrates KPA’s achievement in sports during the 2016 Year calendar, KPA Chairman Marsden Madoka affirmed the Docker’s commitment in supporting sportsmen and women realize their talents.

Accompanied by Managing Director MD Catherine Mturi, Madoka who served as the chairman of Amateur Boxing Association of Kenya for 23 years said they splash approximately Sh.200m annually in sporting activities.

‘’We spend a lot of money on our teams because it’s our desire to have players prosper and have a living from their talents, we will continue to invest in sports because we believe it not only offer employment opportunity but also brings a name to the nation,’’ he said.

The retired Major General who is the founder and the patron of the annual Madoka Half Marathon also applauded Kenya Ports Authority teams after a year of jubilations where they triumphed in different disciplines.

KPA women’s Basketball team starred in 2016 whitewashing Uganda’s Kampala City Council Authority 72-27 in the finals to be crowned the Fiba East African Zone Five basketball club championship champions in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in October.

They would then finish seventh in the African club championship before coming home to settle second after losing 3-2 to Equity Hawks in the Kenya Basketball Federation KBF league final playoffs held in February 2017.

Meanwhile, men’s team posted a tremendous performance that saw them rise above all to claim the KBF title after three years of waiting despite finishing sixth during the season.

The side coached by Anthony Ojukwu against all odds went ahead to win the league after edging Co-operative Bank team 3-1 in the best five of the series’ final playoffs.