We were defenseless without Soigi, says KCCA coach

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Martha Soigi of KCCA Leopards and UCU’s Velma Achieng during a regular season game

As KCCA Leopards coach Roger Serunyigo compiles a season report for the club management, the name Martha Soigi will appear a numbers of times.

The team’s defensive hog was unable to play in the National Basketball League finals and her absence was immensely felt as Leopards were once again on the losing side against UCU Lady Canons.

Since Claire Lamunu (then unplayable) delivered the holy grail for KCCA in 2014, Leopards have been no match for the Lady Canons and this post season has been a lot worse with the university side sweeping their way to the championship.

And once the obvious reason advanced by Serunyigo for his team’s collapse having dropped no game until the final is the absence of center Martha Soigi (Maternity leave).

“She (Soigi) has been a pillar for us and when you take away her presence down, it takes a lot away from the team. She is the only one who could match Vilma (Achieng) on both ends because she will make Vilma work on both ends.

“Honestly, we were defenseless without Martha,” Serunyigo told Kawowo Sports.

“It was a very big gap to fill in three weeks and when you are crippled like that, it’s difficult to contain the opponents with active bodies of Vilma, (Sarah) Ageno on the boards,” he added.

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Larisa Katungeko (8) and Martha Soigi during a regular season game against JKL Lady Dolphins. Katungeko was KCCA’s best player in the finals

Serunyigo also weighed in on the performance of his back court that has the likes of Cynthia Irankunda, Sylvia Nakazibwe, Grace Wanjiku, Moreen ‘Momo’ Amoding and Joy ‘Cheche’ Chemtai.

“I feel we were not competitive enough all round. Our shooting guards Cheche and Momo failed to show up in the finals. They had been giving us 17-plus points in the regular season but none had such a performance.

“Cynthia tried to score but Nakazibwe was a little timed I think. She was not build to score so even when she had the opportunity her craft is not scoring.

“I think we should have done better on their guards because even my players recognized that (early in the series).