Kenyan women’s basketball team begins renovating molding – KBC


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KPA women’s team technician Mike Opel has been appointed as the new assistant coach of the national women’s basketball team before the Afro basketball qualifiers in Cairo in June.

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This growth comes a week after experienced gaffer George Mayienga was appointed as the team’s head coach.

The Lionesses finished second in the FIBA ​​Women AfroBasket 1992 in Dakar and finished fourth in 1997 in Nairobi but have recently been battling to win games.

The performance of the team at their last FIBA ​​AfroBasket Women’s Basketball in Dakar, Senegal last August was a matter of concern.

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They failed to win a single game in Dakar in 2019 down 55-39 to Mozambique, 64-51 to Angola and 64-57 to Cape Verde and missed out on a place in the Quarter Finals.

The poor show started at a 2007 event in Dakar. Kenya had other bad marches to end the end and even the loss of Madagascar.

This has prompted local hockey stakeholders to return to the drawing board to seek answers on what is contributing to the collapse of the game.

According to KBF President Paul Otula, there is a need to rebuild to make the team compete more effectively against the rest of the world.

“Despite the full schedule of head-to-head work for the national team, no one knows what to expect. We need to regain glory on the continent. All coaches are veterans of the national team, experienced and travel well. For all, there is hope for raising the standards of the game and bringing back the great show of our women ”she said.

Last week, the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) announced a 24-member force that will begin training on April 30 before qualifying for the Fifth Zone, which is expected to bring together Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, Somalia and Egypt.

KBF General Secretary Ambrose Kisoi, while naming the squad and technical bench, said Kenya wants to start preparations early to ensure they get their top spot in the region after finishing second behind Uganda during the final qualifiers held in Kampala in 2019.

Speaking to the official FIBA ​​basketball website last year, former long-time coach and traveler Ronnie Owino who also represented Kenya at the FIBA ​​AfroBasket in 1985, felt the team needed to have shooters and players. post. This though has been missing.

“A good team needs shooters, a three-point standpoint when an open defender, who fails to match the leading scorers. At the moment Kenya does not have this,” Owino said, also emphasizing the need for a replacement player who can play in that position while playing as a forward for younger opponents and firing a mid shot while playing in front of the force.

Before Kenya returns to Africa, the technical bench must first pass through the tough waters of FIBA ​​Fifth Zone which includes the first players in Southern Sudan and permanent rivals Egypt and Uganda.

Between 1992 and 1994 Kenya assembled their best team ever to win money at the FIBA ​​Women AfroBasket in Dakar. They keep performance that remains unparalleled.


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