22 October 2014

ZAMBIA : Stringers Stun Lunga Bullets

Stingers 78 Lunga 73
THE race for the 2014 Zambia Basketball Association (ZBA) northern region league championship heightened at the weekend as YMCA Stingers edged their title rivals, Lunga Bullets during the fixtures played in Kitwe.
These week 23 matches played at the Copperbelt University (CBU) Courts saw Stingers put up a brave fight to beat league leaders, Bullets, who are also defending champions, to move to within a point from the top on 27 points.
Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) Cavs overwhelmed Magnets 118-73 to move to 21 points. Magnets are stuck on 15 points. The victory saw CEC Cavs tie on points with Ndola Nets, who beat Konkola Trotters 70-62 in the other game.
Struggling Konkola Trotters are still on 13 points after playing 14 games and winning only two in the league.
Meanwhile, in the ZBA South League, Matero Magic beat Junior Looters 90-38 to open up a four-point lead over second placed UNZA Pacers who suffered a 44-61 defeat to Green Buffaloes.
Magic leads the log with 41 points followed by Pacers while Napsa Hurricanes also tumbled to a 82-85 defeat to LCC Looters to remain third on the log on 36 points, one ahead of their opponents.

KENYA : Mixed fortunes for Strathmore in weekend action

The two Strathmore University men basketball teams registered contrasting results over the weekend in the Kenya Basketball Federation league action.
Strathmore won two games while Blades lost twice. On Saturday, Peter Shilton fired home 28 points to help Strathmore beat Terror 69-67 and scored 16 on Sunday in their 56-48 win over Nairobi Aviation College.
Strathmore led Aviation 22-21 at halftime with Ben Oluoch scoring 13 points for the losers.
Strathmore scored 17 points from the free-throw line and 15 from 3-point shots compared to an inferior record for Aviation who had 7 free-throws and scored only one 3-point shot. Blades was unlucky falling to a 53-56 loss to Nairobi Aviation College on Saturday despite enjoying a 24-16 halftime lead.
On Sunday, they lost second game 53-64 to Co-operative Bank. Billy Oyombe scored 14 points for Co-op Bank while Emmanuel Soja had 15 for Blades and Valentine Nyakinda added 14.
James Mwangi grabbed 12 rebounds for the bankers with Pascal Nabwana grabbing 6 for the students.
From the 3-point shots, Co-op Bank scored 24 points and 10 from free-throws while Blades had seven 3-point shots and 7 free-throws.
Shooting was the weakest point for the bankers who train at the Nyayo gymnasium on a daily basis.
Head coach Carey Odhiambo admitted its a concern for the team but defended his players.
“We are not doing well in that department.Game situation and training are very different so its not the mistake of the players,” he said. “During a game unlike in training, the players are under pressure from the coach, themselves and the opposing team which all contribute to poor shooting.”
Their second win of the weekend was 54-49 over United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) on Saturday.
The bankers trailed 28-35 at halftime and James Mwangi led the comeback with 6 rebounds while Allan Ouma scored 19 points.
Lions just edge out Nakuru
Victor Bosire was USIUs top scorer with 21 points.
Lions played out one of their toughest game of the season beating Nakuru Club by a half basket in their 70-69 win on Saturday. The game tied 36-all at halftime with both teams measuring up in strength for the entire duration.
Simon Mayien top scored for Lions with 21 points while George Kiarie scored 15 points for Nakuru. Ulinzi Warriors recorded two wins for the weekend beating Mennonite 90-50 on Saturday and Terror 70-54 on Sunday. Eric Mutoro scored a combined 47 points for Ulinzi in both games.
Mennonite lost second game to Thunder 56-76 on Sunday as Griffin Ligare scored 21 points for Thunder and Eric Makokha had 17 for Mennonite.
The Mennonite ladies team was no match for former champions Eagle Wings going down 29-78 in the only game of women premier played. Annerose Atieno scored a game high 34 points for Eagle Wings who won all quarters 19-9, 13-8, 22-8 and 24-4 respectively. Evelyne Wabwire and Phenny Akinyi top scored for Mennonite with 12 points each.
KBF Weekend Results: Saturday- ANU 40 Dankind Academy 63, KCA-U 69 JKUAT 43, Eagle Wings 78 Mennonite 29, Upper Hill 54 Baraka Xtreme 57, Ulinzi Warriors 90 Mennonite 50, Lions 70 Nakuru Club 69, Terror 67 Strathmore University 69, Nairobi Aviation College 56 Blades 53, Co-op Bank 54 USIU Tigers 49; Sunday- Zetech College 68 Parklands Baptist 45, Nairobi Aviation College 48 Strathmore University 56, Co-op Bank 64 Blades 53, ANU 78 Baraka Xtreme 50, World Hope 78 JKUAT 37, Dankind Academy 46 Barclays Bank 62, Little Prince 43 KCA-U 49, Mennonite 56 Thunder 76, Ulinzi Warriors 70 Terror 54.

UGANDA : Sharing Youth date Ndejje as playoff fight heats up


For a while, talk surrounding Ndejje University Angels has been about trying to improve a dismal run of results that has seen them win five of 17 games thus far.
While the effort has not been lacking as evidenced in the 68-62 and 62-48 losses to Falcons and City Oilers respectively, the wins have been hard to come by.
Currently two places out of the play off places with five games left, Ndejje who finished sixth going into last season’s playoffs need to win, starting with today’s Airtel National Basketball League game against Sharing Youth.
The newly promoted side were seventh and three places above Ndejje before last evening’s game between Charging Rhino (eighth) and Diamond In The Sun which should give today’s game an added edge.
Sharing Youth meanwhile are also on a three game winless streak that has seen them lose 68-53 to Riham Warriors 103-82 to Tiger Head Power and 75-63 KIU.
The other game has KIU Titans hoping to recover from Sunday’s 59-73 loss to UCU with victory against bottom placed Nkumba Marines that have managed a paltry two wins in 18 games.
Today
Airtel National Basketball League
Sharing Youth vs Ndejje Univ. Angels 8:30pm
Nkumba Marines vs KIU Titans
6:30pm
Sunday Results
KIU 59-73 UCU
Warriors 102-78 Falcons

20 October 2014

TANZANIA : Savio Surrender to Chui in RBA League

SAVIO lost their first match in the Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball League (RBA) after beating Chui 58-51 at the National Stadium on Friday evening.
It was a seesaw encounter as Savio, who are Ilala champions was a second best side against Chui, who are the Kinondoni runner-up. It was the second victory for Chui, who lost their two opening games.
The victory saw Chui posting two points, while Savio remained with eight points. Savio played four matches in which they won three and lost one while Chui has played three matches so far.
Chui's Fadhili Chuma was nominated man of the match and was awarded 100,000/-. He played a vital role for his team in both assisting and scoring. Chui was defeated by Kinondoni champions Pazi.
In another game, Oilers recorded its first victory after defeating Kurasini heat 78 - 70. It was the fourth match for Oilers, who have lost all their three opening matches. Basketball Dar es Salaam, Vice President, Richard Julies told the 'Sunday News' on Saturday that they are impressed with the level of the performance which all teams have shown in the tournament so far.
"It is a wonderful season and we are impressed with what we have seen so far. It is a wonderful season for RBA.
"Players are ambitious for real, you can see how they have been waiting this league to show their talents, we are witnessing wonderful games," he said.

KENYA : USIU face Co-op

USIU-A sits top of the table with 49 points from 26 games while the bankers are second on 44 points collected from 23 games. Their game on Saturday will be a crucial one for both teams but the bankers have an upper hand having lost only twice against USIUs three losses.
Co-op Bank is likely to welcome back Titus Musembi, Allan Ouma and Patrick Khaemba who had been allowed time off after national duty in Uganda last month.
On Sunday, they will play Blades only a week after losing to their sister club Strathmore University. Blades will play their first game of the weeknd against Nairobi Aviation College on Saturday while Strathmore will be up against Terror on Saturday and Aviation on Sunday.
Blades have in their ranks Valentine Nyakinda and Emmanuel Soja while Strathmore will rely on the high scoring Peter Shilton to collect maximum points. Captain Hillary Kubai has a tall order leading Terror against Strathmore as well as Ulinzi Warriors on Sunday.
He will be shored up by Dan Nabuya and Frank Manyara who have proven to be reliable. Lions will play host to Nakuru Club on Sunday with the latter completing its second game on Monday at home to Blades. Aviation will also be up against USIU-A on the same day.
In women premier, only two games are lined up for the weekend. Eagle Wings plays Mennonite on Saturday and Kenyatta University Oryx tackles Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U).
KBF Weekend Fixtures: Saturday- ANU vs Dankind Academy (9am, Nyayo gymnasium), KCA-U vs JKUAT (10:30am), Eagle Wings vs Mennonite (12pm), Upper Hill vs Baraka Xtreme (2pm), Ulinzi Warriors vs Mennonite (4pm), Lions vs Nakuru Club (12pm, Kasarani), Terror vs Strathmore University (2pm), Nairobi Aviation College vs Blades (4pm), Co-op Bank vs USIU Tigers (6pm); Sunday- Zetech College vs Parklands Baptist (9am, Nyayo gymnasium), Nairobi Aviation College vs Strathmore University (10:30am), Co-op Bank vs Blades (12pm), ANU vs Baraka Xtreme (2pm), World Hope vs JKUAT (4pm), Dankind Academy vs Barclays Bank (1pm, Kasarani), Little Prince vs KCA-U (3pm), Mennonite vs Thunder (5pm), Ulinzi Warriors vs Terror (8pm); Monday- Parklands Baptist vs Baraka Xtreme (12pm, Kasarani), KU Oryx vs KCA-U (2pm), Nairobi Aviation College vs USIU Tigers (6pm), Nakuru Club vs Blades (12pm, MHS).

SEYCHELLES : Baya clinch second league title in dominant fashion




The 2014 men’s division one league title will settle in Bel Air this year as Baya managed to wrestle the league championship from challengers Mont Fleuri Dawgz.
Baya title winning game took place at Victoria Gymnasium on Saturday evening where they faced the task of defeating an MBU Rockers side who had already defeated them in the first round.
As this was a high profile match, the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) took every necessary precaution as they deployed police officers around the grounds to ensure order among the passionate fans.
Baya showed their intention from the start as they opened up a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter much to the delight of the large crowd inside the gymnasium. It ended 26-16 on favour of coach Michel Malbrook’s side.
The second quarter continued much like the first as Baya kept on scoring to increase the gap to 13 points to take the scores to 42-29 at the end of the first half. By then the Baya fans had already began celebrating as although not impossible, on this day it would prove difficult for MBU Rockers to get back in the game.
By the third quarter, the game picked up in intensity with very neat passing and finishing taking place on the court, which delighted the fans. Again it was Baya who had the edge in this quarter as they put the result beyond any doubt, taking the score to 65-44 and within minutes of the league championship.
The final quarter saw the Rockers playing for pride, as this day belonged to the hard working Baya side, who despite already putting the game to bed, continued to give the fans some good displays.
Timmy Adam was again the star man as he put the fans and his own players to their feet with two one-handed dunks in a row. He finished as the game’s highest scorer with 25 points.
With time winding down, Baya were in possession when the final buzzer rang to send the fans and players into raptures as they claimed a second league title to cement their position as the best basketball team in the country. The final score was 92-64.
“I am extremely happy right now. We knew what we had to do before the game and we came out and achieved it,” said Baya coach Michel Malbrook.
“When we defeated Mont Fleuri Dawgz last week, I said that we will not look back now and that is what we did today.”This is Baya’s second league title after winning it for the very first time in the 2008 season and will now hope to add the knockout title to their collection and of course, they will be hoping not to have to wait as long to taste another league success.
As for MBU Rockers, they have been ever-improving over the years and will hope that they can challenge for the league title next year.

In the other first division match played last weekend, Ervin Agathine scored 31 points to lead Drifters to an 87-79 win over Beau Vallon Heat.

S. N.

17 October 2014

TANZANIA : RBA League Rages On

DAR ES SALAAM Regional Basketball Association (RBA) League is expected to continue today with two matches taking place at the National Indoor Stadium in the city.
In the first match Oilers from Kinondoni will face Kurasini Heat from Temeke to be followed by a clash between Savio from Ilala and Kinondoni's Chui.
According to Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) officials, JKT and Savio are the only unbeaten teams so far. With four matches played, JKT are leading the table with eight points ahead of Savio who have played three games and won all.
The exciting league also took place last weekend when RBA brought together different teams at the National Indoor Stadium. In the girls' series, Jeshi Stars edged JKT 68-63 while DB Lioness humbled Vijana Queens 65-38.
Things did not go well for Chang'ombe who lost their two games to Jogoo and Kurasini Heat in the men's category. Chang'ombe were thrashed 80-43 by Jogoo on Saturday and fell 57-53 to Kurasini Heat the following day.
In other matches, Prisons beat DB youngsters 79-69, Vijana defeated Oilers 55-47 and Pazi won 72-60 over Chui. BD Vice-President Richard Julies said all is well in the league and everything is in order.

16 October 2014

UGANDA : UCU Canons tame Falcons for fourth straight win


Courtesy photo UCU's Joseph Chuma (13) in an earlier game. The forward scored 16 points off the bench last night to help UCU beat Falcons
 
Charging Rhinos 58-81 Riham Warriors
Krishna Falcons 74-81 UCU Canons

The UCU Canons seem to be picking form just in time. The mukono based university side followed Friday’s 74-65 win over defending champions, City Oilers with another huge win – against last year’s finalists.
UCU came from 5 points down at halftime to beat Falcons 81-74 at YMCA. Thanks to the production from the bench that contributed 35 points on the night, the Canons (11-5) have now won four on the bounce.

“I think we wanted to win this game and the bench helped us a lot” a delighted Nicholas Natuhereza told Kawowo Sports. “When we were down it was just that we had not played hard enough. Normally we give the other team the initiative but when we changed that the game becomes much easier for us” he added.

Foward, Joseph Chuma came off the bench and tormented Falcons with pinpoint mid-range shooting in the second half and matched team high 16 points to lead the Canons along with the star man, Sudi Ulanga who also netted 16 points. Sunday Okot and Ivan Lumanyika contributed 11 points each and Brian Namake chipped in with 10.
Falcons’ captain, Steven Omony was disappointed with their defending. “Our defense was a bit reluctant because we let them take too many open shots and that cost us” Omony who poured in game high 24 points said.
“They came out (in the second half) more harder and physical and we kind of backed off and let them play their game and switching to that affected us as we did not react to that situation very well” Falcons’ star forward added.

Steven ‘Duxx’ Mwesigye contributed 17 points and grabbed game high 13 rebounds as Falcons dropped their fourth game of the season

Meanwhile, Riham Warriors run of form continued as they blew out Charging Rhinos 81-58 in the first game of the evening. Veteran, Steven OkiaS led the four Warriors who reached double figures with game high 21 points. Ronnie Kasewu added 11 points while Ivan Enabu and Henry Malinga contributed 10 points apiece.

Joseph Ondiek led Rhinos (6-13) with 20 points and 5 boards. Isaac Kamya had 10 points.

UGANDA : Koma leads Oilers fight back

KAMPALA- Coach Mandy Juruni had asked his City Oilers team to improve mentally and play as a team after Friday’s 74-65 defeat to UCU Canons.
On Tuesday though, none of that was greatly required as the champions responded with a comfortable 62-48 victory over struggling Ndejje University Angels on a wet and chilly YMCA Court.
Ben Komakech, who managed a paltry four points against UCU countered that performance with a game high 20 points for the Oilers whose dominance was not reflected in the score sheet. Kami Kabange who was never required to be at his best added nine points and Jeff Omondi seven as Oilers improved to 15-3.
For Ndejje, meanwhile, this was a 12th defeat in 17 games for Walker Obedi’s side who play Sharing Youth next week. The two along with Charging Rhino and Vegetarian and separated by three points seem locked in a four-way battle for the final two playoff slots.
Geoffrey Soro and Jonah Otim top scored for Ndejje with 11 points apiece while Francis Tumusiime added nine.
essenono@ug.nationmedia.com

15 October 2014

UGANDA : UCU, Falcons in Dicey Clash


The Airtel basketball league resumes tonight with an intriguing encounter.
UCU Canons always win the regular season encounters but Falcons has a habit of triumphing when the two teams meet in the play-offs, writes Felix Eupal.
The Canons made a big statement last Friday when they defeated defending champions City Oilers for the fourth time in row. Nick Natuhereza's UCU charges had started the season with a number of cracks. Not only did they lose key matches to giants such as Power and Warriors, they were shocked by new entrants Diamonds In The Sun.
However, Natuhereza wasn't in any way fazed and he believed that his team would be able to turn around fortunes and all that mattered was making the eight-team play-offs. Now that they have two back-to-back wins over Ndejje Angels and Oilers, Canons have shown they will be a hard nut to crack in the post season. Their record now stands at five losses in 15 outings.
They have been disciplined on defence and are exhibiting a high level of concentration. Those are the attributes that enabled them claw back a 14-point deficit to beat the Oilers. This evening, they go up against the record champions Falcons in what promises to be a tricky tie.
Falcons were on a roll in the first round but haven't been the same in the last few games. Charging Rhino pushed them to the limit and they struggled against Ndejje Angels. They will also have to do without influential forward Emmanuel Ateng, who went to India for studies. Ateng would have given them options outside of the ark and inside the paint.
Falcons head coach Sam Obol is optimistic about his side's chances: "Every game is different and we just have to change our approach because they [Canons] play both an inside and outside game."
For Natuhereza, he will rely on his big men to get the job done.
"In our league, you can't expect a team to shoot all day. So, as long we get them out of the paint, we will have a chance," he told The Observer.
Indeed, Canons' Francis Ogola, Ivan Lumanyika and Joseph Chuma will all have to bring their A game if they are to overcome Falcons. Canons have to consider that they have no time to rest since they play KIU Titans on Sunday and Tiger Head Power next Thursday.
Meanwhile, Fuba signed a partnership deal with national broadcaster UBC, which will air the play-offs live. The deal was signed on Tuesday morning at Mount Zion hotel.

RWANDA : Ferwaba closes door to Hoops team for foreign players


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Robert Thompson is one of the Naturalised Players that won't be called for national duty again. (File Photo)
Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) will have to embark on a hunt for local talent following a decision to end their reliance on American born players.
Ferwaba Secretary General, Richard Mutabazi, said recently that they took into account the fact that naturalised players on the national team have not been performing well.
Since 2007, Rwanda has recruited six American basketball players after they were naturalised
in efforts aimed at strengthening the national team to compete in major continental and sub-regional competitions.
Some of the Americans who were naturalised include Manix Auriantal, Robert Thomson, Edouard Miller, Kenneth Gasana, Cameron Bradley, and Mathieu Miller. Mutabazi said, “Despite recruitment of high-level basketball players, the performance of the national team still leaves much to be desired,"
"Outside the detection of local young talents, this decision will help reduce the huge expenses in allowances and other costs paid to these American basketball players," Mutabazi said.
The decision comes a few days after the newly appointed Minister of Sports and Culture, Ambassador Joseph Habineza urged all local sports federations to promote the recruitment of young local talents.

13 October 2014

ZAMBIA : Hawks halt Pacers

THE Hawks picked up a vital 75-65 win against title contenders UNZA Pacers as the ZBA Super League gains momentum in the third series of the season.
The two teams went into the week 20 match level after the two series but with the different objectives.
Pacers were looking to keep in touch with league leaders Matero Magic, while Hawks were playing to consolidate their fourth position.
The win pushed Hawks to 31 points and fourth position, but Pacers lost ground on Magic as they trail the league leaders by three points though with a game in hand.

Magic travelled to Mazabuka and came back with all two points after a convincing 79-35 win to increase their points at the top to 37 while Comets remained rooted to the bottom with only 20 points.

Third-placed Napsa Hurricanes went level on points with Pacers after beating Spartans 80-50 and increased their chances of fighting for the title while their opponents remained on seventh position.

The battle to climb into the top four has also gained momentum where fifth-placed LCC Looters beat sixth-placed Green Eagles 69-54 and Green Buffaloes beat Junior Looters 95-83.

In the women’s league, Hot Spurs lost 38-63 to Green Buffaloes while Napsa Breeze humiliated Spartress 61-8.

In the northern league, Lunga Bullets remained on course to retain the title with a comfortable 84-46 win over Konkola Trotters, while CEC Cavaliers beat Kwacha Crusaders 75-43.

KENYA : KPA extinguish USIU Flames unbeaten run, Co-op bank floored


  • Ulinzi Byron Mabonga in action against Thunder's George Mandela in a KBF premier league match on Sunday at the Nyayo National Stadium.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) on Saturday cut short United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) unquestioned dominance in the women premier league this season with a 71-64 win in Mombasa.
The students had not lost a league game this season with the result opening a new war front for their rivalry. KPA lost the Zone V final to USIU at the same venue in August with the dockers winning the league last season over the students in the playoffs final.
Both teams are hot favorites to emerge overall winners this season.
The dockers led 39-24 at halftime and won in all quarters 17-13, 22-11, 15-14 and 17-14 respectively. KPA registered the second win on Sunday beating Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U) 65-22.
Bridgit Nanzala was the star as Ulinzi Blades registered one win and a loss from their weekend games.
Ulinzi floored by Coop
On Saturday, she scored 25 points as the soldiers narrowly lost 48-49 to Co-operative Bank having led 27-26 at the breather.
Nanzala had a game high 26 points on Sunday to help Ulinzi beat Sprite Storms 55-46 with Sylvia Omollo top scoring for Storms with 10 points.
The military side scored 10 points from the free-throw line and 3 from the 3-point shot while Storms had five 3-point shots and 11 free-throws. Western Delight was awarded a 20-0 walkover win over Mennonite who failed to show up on time in Kakamega.
Co-op men fall to Strath
In men premier, defending champions Co-operative Bank suffered their second defeat of the season falling 63-69 to Strathmore University. Strathmore’s shooting precision proved stronger scoring 33 points off the 3-point line compared to Co-op Bank’s 12.
Strathmore had five points short of Co-op Bank’s 15 from the free-throw line. Peter Shilton scored a game high 29 points for the students with Tony Abondo top scoring for the bankers with 19 points. On Saturday, Co-op Bank beat University of Nairobi’s Terrorist 67-62 from a 35-32 halftime lead.
Terror fell to a last-minute 59-61 loss to Blades, the second team from Strathmore University, on Sunday.
It is Valentine Nyakinda who won it for Blades with a basket at the buzzer as the game tied 59-all and destined for overtime play. Nyakinda scored 24 points as William Sulnodi scored highest for Terror with 12 points.
KPA had mixed results at home beating USIU-A 63-52 on Saturday and lost 47-57 to Equity Bank on Sunday.
Nakuru Club took a huge leap away from the relegation worries after collecting three points from the possible four they were playing for this weekend.
On Saturday, they beat fellow relegation candidates Kenyatta University Pirates 82-56 at home.
They failed to match Ulinzi Warriors on Sunday losing 70-102 in Nairobi. 27 of Ulinzi’s points came from the 3-point line and 17 from free-throws while Nakuru had six 3-point shots and 20 free-throws.
George Kiarie scored 17 points for Nakuru that came off five 3-point shots and a basket while Eric Mutoro was Ulinzi’s top scorer with 21 points. The soldiers won the first, third and fourth quarters 20-18, 23-22 and 40-14 respectively with Nakuru winning the second 21-18.
Blazers sunk further into oblivion losing twice, 39-77 to Thunder and 63-80 to Nairobi Aviation College.
KBF Weekend Results: Saturday- Nakuru Club 82 KU Pirates 56, Western Delight 20 Mennonite 0, MKU Kakamega 66 Kisumu Lakeside 62, KPA 71 USIU Flames 64, KPA 63 USIU Tigers 52, JKUAT 0 MKU Eldonets 20, Baraka Xtreme 54 Barclays Bank 65, World Hope 62 Upper Hill 50, ANU 56 Zetech College 74, Ulinzi Blades 48 Co-op Bank 49, Nairobi Aviation College 80 Blazers 63, Ulinzi Warriors 63 Thunder 55, Terror 62 Co-op Bank 67; Sunday- Ulinzi Warriors 102 Nakuru Club 70, Sprite Storms 46 Ulinzi Blades 55, Barclays Bank 56 Zetech College 75, Terror 59 Blades 61, Thunder 77 Blazers 39, Strathmore University 69 Co-op Bank 63, KPA 64 KCA-U 22, KPA 47 Equity Bank 57.

10 October 2014

KENYA : Usiu and KPA Confirmed for Next Month's Tunisia Tour


UNITED States International University and Kenya Ports Authority will travel to Tunisia next month for the women's FIBA Africa Club Championships.
Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) secretary Vitalis Gode, yesterday confirmed the two teams have been entered for the continental show. He, however, said the exact dates for the championships will be released soon.
"It has been confirmed by FIBA Africa that the championship will be held in Tunisia.The dates are yet to be announced," said Gode, who is also the regional secretary. He urged the teams to start training considering they will be up against some of the Africa top teams led by reigning champions Inter Club of Angola.
USIU and KPA battled in the FIBA Africa Zone 5 show last August in Mombasa as the students emerged victorious 63-28 in the finals played at Makande Welfare hall. It will be the second time in a row that the students, who are yet to lose a game in the women's Premier League, will represent the country in the prestigious continental showcase.
Last year, they were in Mekness, Morocco with compatriots Eagle Wings who bagged the bronze medal. USIU were placed fifth.

TANZANIA : Nyerere Basketball Tourney Throws Off


NYERERE Cup basketball tournament throws off in Musoma today to celebrate 15 years since the death of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.
Organised under the flag of the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF), the event aims to recognise Mwalimu's huge contribution towards national development.
TBF Secretary General Saleh Zonga said yesterday the winner will be awarded a trophy donated by Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) National Executive Committee member Phares Magesa.
"The tournament throws off tomorrow (today) in Musoma to honour Mwalimu Nyerere for good leadership and excellent service he rendered to the nation when he was the President of the United Republic of Tanzania," he said.
He added that the tournament will reach its climax on October 14, this year when the participating teams will tour his grave and clean its surroundings.
Zonga named teams taking part as Profile from Mwanza, Mwembeni 1, Mwembeni 2 and Makoko -- all from Musoma. Dar es Salaam will be represented by JKT.
On his side, former TBF Vice-President Magesa said the event has great importance to the nation and that's why he decided to donate the trophy to keep Mwalimu Nyerere's name alive.
He said apart from honouring the Father of the Nation, sports also play a great role in developing youth in the country. "We have witnessed sports, especially basketball, creating employment to many youths in the country.
Personally, I was a sportsman and I will remain a sportsman forever, ready to support sports whenever it is possible," he said.

ANGOLA : Huíla and Namibe Promote Inter-Provincial Basketball Championship

Lubango — The provincial Basketball associations of Huíla and Namibe will jointly hold as from Saturday in Lubango city an inter-provincial senior men's championship with the participation of dour teams.
Angop learnt that the provinces are participating in the event with two teams each, namely Heja Sport Club do Lubango and Desportivo do Tchioco do Lubango (Huíla), CAB do Namibe and Misto do Namibe (Namibe).
Speaking to Angop on Thursday, secretary general of the Provincial Basketball Association of Huíla, Diogo Gomes, said that in this first edition the matches will be played in six rounds in the cities of Lubango and Namibe.
Check fixtures:
First round
Heja Sport Club do Lubango - CAB do Namibe
Desportivo do Tchioco do Lubango - Misto do Namibe
Second round
Misto do Namibe - CAB
Heja - Desportivo do Tchioco

UGANDA : City Oilers seeking to break UCU jinx

 City Oilers’ Samuel Kalwanyi in action against Tiger Head Power City Oilers’ Samuel Kalwanyi in action against Tiger Head Power during the Airtel National Basketball League this week. Oilers take on UCU tonight. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA
Currently in their second season, City Oilers have managed to defeat every team in the Airtel National Basketball league apart from UCU Canons
Nick Natuhereza’s team not only did the double over last season’s champions but also beat them77-65 in the final of the UCU Invitational Open earlier this year.
The Oilers then suffered a 77-72 defeat to the university side in the opening game this season to make it four straight wins.
Today, the two teams meet again in a second round fixture with UCU dreaming of another double.
“Off course we would love to do it again but it will more difficult now than before,” stated forward Boniface Okello.
UCU tuned up for today’s encounter with a straightforward 78- 64 win over the struggling Ndejje University Angels.
Sudi Ulanga top scored with 16 points to lead four other UCU players in double figures. There was also a double-double for centre Ivan Lumanyika who picked 10 rebounds in addition to his 10 points.
Oilers meanwhile, eased their way past Tiger Head Power with a 73-66 victory to move to 13-2 this season.
Despite the victory, Mandy Juruni seemed unsatisfied with his players’ performance.
“We won because our opponents played worse,” Juruni told his players after Sunday’s game.
essenono@ug.nationmedia.com

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