|Kenyan Basketball Team Trains for FIBA Africa Zone 5 Qualifiers|
|Thursday, 03 January 2013 10:01|
The Kenya Basketball team will be preparing for the FIBA Africa Zone Five contest later this month whose winner will represent the region at the Africa Nations Cup in the Democratic Republic of Congo in September.
FIBA Africa is a zone within the FIBA basketball association which contains all 53 national African FIBA federations, it was founded in 1961.
Four lucky girls Goreti AUma, Susan Rina(Kayole) and Winnie Mwikali and Victoria Mwikali from Shauri Moyo have earned a chance to train with them this Saturday after they impressed at the third edition of the national Junior Basketball Skills Development Programme which ended on Sunday at the Railways club in Nairobi.
The nine day clinic was sponsored by the Department of Sports in the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“The girls were impressive and used the skills they learned during their time in the clinic well and showed us they have the quality to compete at the highest level in the national league and teams” said Safia Mohammed one of the instructors during the training.
Kenya National Sports Institute Director, Joseph Kirima, said they were impressed by the youths who took part in the training mostly from not well to do areas in the city and pledged to continue supporting the events in the years to come and also promised to look into the possibility of forming a departmental team comprising of the talented youths to represent them in the basketball leagues in the future.
“The clinic was a success and it has opened our eyes to the possibility of starting our own departmental team in addition to what the ministry gives to teh Kenya Basketball federation” said Kirima.
“The main aim of the clinic is to nurture the children’s talent and prepare them to be feeders for the Kenya Basketball Federations clubs. The training will also be conducted in the various Kenyan counties in 2013,” added Kirima.
Victoria who was the most valuable player in the under 18 girls also earned a scholarship to further her secondary education at Lockwood Girls School in Nakuru while Moses Nzioka, Francoh Mutua and Kevin Mutai will all be headed to Ngutani High School in Mwingi.
Talent centers that took part in the high profile junior event that was managed by the women national team head coach Ronny Owino were Eastleigh, Shauri Moyo, Kayole and Kibera.
In the selected results, Eastleigh scored 28-21 to displace Kayole in the U15 boy’s category netting in the quarters 11-6, 8-9, 6-4 and 3-2. Unlucky Kayole lost 18-4 to Shauri Moyo in the boys U12. Kayole again were unlucky in the hands of Kibera who won 35-18 in the boys U15. Kibera soared 13-6 against Eastleigh in boys U12.
In overall, Shauri Moyo emerged top in the girl’s category and were followed by Kayole as Eastleigh took third position. Boys U15 winner were Kibera, Eastleigh were second and Shauri Moyo took third place. Shauri Moyo emerged winner of the boys U18 category, Kayole came second while Kibera third.
Most Promising (MP)award went to her team mate Wendy Achieng in the girl’s category. Oscar Amuhaya of Kibera was voted MVP while Neil Kaida of Eastleigh got the MP award in the boys U15. Maxwel Esemele (MVP) and Alex Mbendo (MP) both of Shauri Moyo were awarded in the boys U18 category.
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