KPA, the Kenya Ports Authority women’s basketball club, achieved a historic second-place finish at the African Women’s Basketball League (AWBL) held in Egypt on December 19, 2023. This was the first time a Kenyan team had achieved such a feat in the tournament, which was won by the hosts and defending champions, Sport Club Alexandria. In the final, KPA suffered a one-sided 103-59 defeat, earning them a silver medal. Another Kenyan team, Equity Hawks, finished in sixth place among the 10 clubs participating.
Sport Club Alexandria’s captain, Hagar Amer, played a crucial role in the final by scoring 32 points to lead her team to victory. KPA’s Aminata Samassekou and Reynolds contributed 16 and 12 points respectively. This second-place finish marks a significant improvement for KPA, as they had finished in fifth place last season. Bandari United, the organization’s men’s football club, congratulated the women’s team on their achievement. KPA reached the final by narrowly defeating Rwanda Energy Group (REG) with a score of 101-97, despite being considered underdogs. Sporting Club Alexandria, on the other hand, secured their place in the final by defeating Inter Club of Angola with a score of 100-74.
Before the final, KPA and Sporting Club Alexandria had already faced each other in the group stage, with Sporting Club finishing first in their pool with eight points, one point ahead of KPA. Equity Hawks, who had faced KPA in the quarterfinals, were defeated by Nigeria Customs in their final game. Medina Okot, a member of the national 3×3 basketball team that recently won the African Cup title, and Victoria Reynolds were named among the tournament’s top five players.