22 September 2014
TANZANIA : RBA League Rescheduled to Next Week
DAR ES SALAAM regional basketball league (RBA) did not kick off on
Friday night as planned due to the poor standard of the National Indoor
The tournament has now been postponed for a week and it will throw
next weekend. Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) Vice President, Richard
Julies, told the 'Sunday News' on Saturday that they met a few days ago
to discuss the league and resolved to postpone it until certain
problems, especially the state of the Indoor Stadium, are solved.
"We agreed that we should postpone the league for a week so that we
can improve the stadium's court, which will be used for the games.
Lights are among things to be restored," he said.
He explained that having in infrastructures that are of international
standard should be the priority so that the players can have better
environments to showcase their talent.
BD is the main organizer of the RBA league under the sponsorship of
Azam Media Group. Last week, BD reiterated its mission that they are
committed to revive basketball in the region following a poor
progression of the league.
Teams which will participate in this season are JKT, ABC, Mgulani and
Kurasini from Temeke; Tanzania Prison, Don Bosco Upanga, popularly
known as Savio, Vijana City Bulls and Jogoo from Ilala.
Kinondoni will be presented by Chui, Don Bosco Oysterbay, Pazi and
Oilers. Women's teams will also have their league and some of the
participants are Don Bosco Lioness, Vijana Queens and JKT.
KENYA : Students Arrest Thunder in Premier League Ball
By Dann O'werre
International University (USIU) hit Thunder 85-68 in a premier league
basketball clash at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
The "Tigers" who led 35-28 at the breather had 27 points from Abel
Nson. Kenneth Kigotho provided 13. The losers had game high 35 from
Lions dismissed Kenya Airports (KAA) 80-71 in an exiting and high
scoring tie. The former champions led 47-33 and had Victor Ochieng
hitting 23 and Denis Opiyo making 13. The losers had 24 from Billy
Ongute and 12 from Ronald Kipruto.
Blazers losing run continued when they were felled 60-55 by Nakuru
Club. The visitors who were down 24-28 at the break had 16 from James
Okerio and 14 from Victor Orare. The losers had 15 from Joel Wafula.
Renny Moibi paced Kenyatta University "Pirates" to a 63-57 win over
Mennonites. The losers who were up 27-29 at half time had Phil Odhiambo
to thank as he managed 13.
USIU ladies rolled over Mennonites 94-13 to move to the top of the
chart. The "Flames" ran amok in the third quarter taking a 35-3 cushion
as Zipporah Odhiambo led with 15.
In the lower division matches played at Upper Hill School , the host
beak lakeside 55-42, Dankind Academy survived 37-36 against Parklands
Baptist, Umoja topped Baraka Xtreme 71-34 and World Hope hit Africa
Nazarene university (ANU) 55-51.
KENYA : Relegation battle begins to take shape
The weekend matches of the Kenya
Basketball Federation national classic league had a huge implication on
the relegation battle in both men and women premier leagues.
Western Delight and Mennonite are rock bottom of the women premier with
11 and 12 points respectively but Delight has played fewer games.
relegation fight in men premier has winless Blazers on 23 points,
Kenyatta University Pirates who have so far won three games and stand at
25 points, Mennonite and Nakuru Club who have four wins apiece.
Nakuru is in its second season and escaped relegation last season after finishing eleventh in the then 12-team league.
move to expand the league to 16 teams that was ratified at the annual
general meeting saved them from the chop. Their performance this season
has not been that good but are still keeping the hope of staying afloat.
“We are going nowhere.
I am targeting at least seven wins in the remaining eleven games and we will be safe,” head coach Richard Kanda told sportsnewsarena.com
. Out of the possible 30 games, Nakuru has played nineteen and won five with fourteen losses.
Kanda pegs his hopes on the fact that most of the pending games are against teams not considered serious title contenders.
is something we can achieve considering most of our opponents are on
the middle and lower ends of the table. The homeground advantage also
favours my side since we will play more at home than away.”
Having endured financial challenges for the past two seasons, he remains
optimistic that fortunes will change come next season as they expect to
remain in the league.
“We are a self-sponsored team thus we
struggle a lot. Hopefully, we will have a sponsor next season because we
have sent out many requests.”
Nakuru played away in Nairobi on
Saturday denying Blazers their first win of the season with a 60-55
last-minute victory. Blazers was on the receiving end again Sunday
narrowly losing 48-50 to KU Pirates in a game they trailed 20-26 at
Nakuru deny Blazers win
Jonathan Lando and Jacktone Agunda top scored for Pirates with 11 points
each while Jay Michoma scored 10 for Blazers. United States
International University- Africa (USIU-A) scored the second win of the
weekend beating Equity Bank 59-51 on Sunday.
The students rallied
from down 24-26 at the breather with Samuel Odera scoring 15 points and
Abel Nson added 11. Brian Obimbo top scored for Equity with 19 points.
Lions was also on two wins for the weekend after beating Mennonite
76-54 helped by 19 points from Victor Ochieng and 12 from Richard Adega.
Eric Makokha scored 15 points for Mennonite.
In the women
premier, USIU-A neared the century score for the second day running with
a 94-16 beating of Kenya College of Accountancy- University (KCA-U).
led 42-11 at halftime with Magnifique Magnifique top scoring with 20
points and Zipporrah Odhiambo adding 14. Joyce Lynette scored 6 points
for KCA-U as USIU-A remains the only unbeaten side in the league.
World Hope 55 ANU 51, Umoja 71 Baraka Xtreme 34, Dankind Academy 37
Parklands Baptist 36, Upper Hill 55 Lakeside 42, Mennonite 13 USIU
Flames 94, Mennonite 57 KU Pirates 63, Lions 78 KAA 71, Blazers 55
Nakuru Club 60, Thunder 68 USIU Tigers 85; Sunday- JKUAT 36 Barclays
Bank 61, ANU 50 Upper Hill 61, Baraka Xtreme 51 Lakeside 57,
Trailblazers 57 Parklands Baptist 38, USIU Flames 94 KCA-U 16, Lions 76
Mennonite 54, KU Pirates 50 Blazers 48, Equity Bank 51 USIU Tigers 59
ZONE V : Somalia, Egypt test for Kenya teams in zone V openers
Kenya national men basketball team
will play Somalia while the women’s team lines up against Egypt on
Monday evening as the Fiba Zone V Championships enter day two in
They arrived on Sunday morning and had time to
rest in readiness to launching their campaign at the MTN Lugogo Indoor
Arena. In the only two games of the day, the men’s team will be first on
the court to face Somalia at 5pm local time.
Ojukwu coached side will be out to revenge last year’s 79-81 loss to the
same team in the same tournament. Ancete Wafula, Joseph Khaemba and
William Ochieng were fielded in that game and will be facing a familiar
opponent on Monday.
The ladies will play Egypt at 7 p.m. Even
though a much changed side, they will be looking to make it a double
after last year’s 70-64 win over the Egyptians in Tanzania.
captain Silalei Shani is the key absentee in the side but have Hilda
Indasi and Purity Adhiambo surviving from the winning side.
Kenya will be back in action on Tuesday when the men’s side face Rwanda,
a team Ojukwu has said is a major threat alongside Uganda at the
Rwanda lost to Egypt in last year’s final and has
carried a strong team to Kampala that includes professionals Bradley
Cameroon who plays for South Bend in Indiana City and Kenneth Herbert
Gasana of Al Wakrah in Qatar.
The ladies will play Uganda on
Wednesday before men play Egypt on Friday. Kenya and Egypt will play the
return game of the women category on Saturday before wrapping up the
campaign against Uganda on Sunday.
The men's team will play their
final game against Uganda on Saturday. In the opening games played on
Sunday, Egypt beat Rwanda 79-63 while Uganda upset Somalia 85-74 in the
The sole game of women category saw Egypt narrowly edge out host Uganda 65-61.
Zone V Day one results: Egypt
79 Rwanda 63 (men), Uganda 85 Somalia 74 (men), Uganda 61 Egypt 65
(women); Full Fixtures: September 22- Somalia vs Kenya (men, 1700hrs),
Egypt vs Kenya (women, 1900hrs); September 23- Kenya vs Rwanda(men,
1700hrs), Uganda vs Egypt (men, 1900hrs); September 24- Rwanda vs
Somalia (men, 1700hrs), Kenya vs Uganda (women, 1900hrs); September 25-
Rest Day; September 26- Egypt vs Kenya (men, 1700hrs), Egypt vs Uganda
(women, 1900hrs); September 27-Somalia vs Egypt (men, 1500hrs), Kenya vs
Egypt (women, 1700hrs), Kenya vs Uganda (men, 1900hrs); September
28-Kenya vs Uganda (women, 1700hrs), Rwanda vs Uganda (men, 1700hrs),
Closing Ceremony- 2030hrs).
UGANDA : Silverbacks slip past Somalia as Egypt beat Rwanda │ Zone V Nations Qualifiers
Photo Credits: FUBA
M: Uganda 85-74 Somalia
M: Egypt 79-63 Rwanda
M: Kenya Vs Somalia 7:00pm
“It’s one game at a time and one is down” Uganda’s point guard, Josh
Johnson said after the Silverbacks cruised past Somalia in an intense
game that closed the opening day of the FIBA Africa Zone V qualifiers at
the MTN Arena.
The Silverbacks used a heavy offensive second quarter and a
suffocating defense through the game that countered Yusuf Qafoow’s
individual brilliance and limited Faisal Aden’s attempts to pull away
from Somalia enroute to the win.
“We kept it as a team and it was a group effort to get him (Fiasal)
out” Johnson said on the Silverbacks defensive play against Somalia’s
sharp shooter, Faisal Aden.
Uganda trailed the first quarter 21-23 but the 27-16 second quarter
advantage gave them the edge all through the game. Power forward, Henry
Malinga led Uganda’s balanced team scoring efforts with 16 points – some
coming off dunks that got the crowd inside the Arena going on their
Guards, Samuel Mukoza, Kasim Nagwere and Jimmy Enabu contributed 11
points each while center, Ivan Lumanyika matched their points and
grabbed 15 rebounds. “For me i take it as my responsibility” Lumanyika
said on his rebounding effort. “I keep on improning every game and i
hope i will even be better the next game” the big man added.
Despite being kept at bay, Faisal Aden led Somalia with game high 20
points off the bench on a 6-for-11 shooting from the field and nailed
all 5 foul shots.
“Faisal was not ready. He joined the team yesterday after traveling
for four days. He was tired” Somalia’s coach, Omar Baarajab said on
Aden’s rather quite night.
Skipper, Yusuf Qafoow added 17 points and handed out 5 assists. Guard, Ahmed Eman contributed 13 points.
Earlier, Zone V defending champions Egypt once again defated last
year’s finalists Rwanda in the Zone V Nationas Qaulifiers opening game.
Moamen Abouelain led the way for Egypt with 16 points. Amr Adelahim
added 12 points. Haytham Khalefa chipped in with 11 while Muhamed
Elsabash and Muostafa Elmakawy contributed 10 points apiece.
Kenneth Gasana and Kami Kabange scored 15 and 12 points respectively for Rwanda.
Meanwhile, Somalia will be back on the floor tonight to take on Kenya
at 7pm. “We know they (Kenya) are a good team. We played them last
year, we won one and they beat us one” Baarajab said. “I can’t say we
will win or not because that happens on the court but we will play a
good game” he added.
The Silverbacks will be back on court on Tuesday to take on Egypt.
UGANDA : Uganda’s Gazelles fall to Egypt │ Zone V Nations Qaulifiers
Photo Credits: FUBA
Sharon Karungi (2nd Right) scored 23 points in Uganda's 65-61 loss to Egypt
W: Uganda 61-65 Egypt
W: Egypt Vs Kenya 5:00pm
Uganda’s ladies side started the FIBA Africa Zone V Nations
Qualifiers with a losing effort. They fell to Egypt 65-61 in front of a
The Gazelles succumbed to Egypt’s full court man-to-man coughing up
the ball several times as the Egyptians who trailed all through the
first half exploded in the third frame to level the game at 41 and
went ahead for the first time on Soraya Muhamed’s pair of free throws
with 1:20 and closed the third quarter leading 48-44.
The Gazelles played catch up through the final frame and eventually
did level at 57 on Vickie Nassolo’s free throws that followed Flavia
Oketcho’s big 3-point play but that was the closest the Gazelles came in
the final frame.
Reen Oussama led Egypt with 16 points, Sarah Massoud added 14 points
off the bench, Alia Mohmoud chipped in with 11 points and Soraya Mohamed
Power Forward, Sharon Karungi scored game high 23 points and grabbed
11 rebounds in a losing effort. Claire Lamunu had 17 points and point
guard, Flavia Oketcho netted 13 points and handed out 5 helpers.
Meanwhile, Egypt will return to the floor this evening to take on
defending champions, Kenya who will be playing their first game of the
RWANDA : False start for Rwanda in Fiba/ZoneV tourney
basketball national team take on Egypt in a past zonal edition held in
Kigali. Rwanda lost the opening game against the Egyptians yesterday in
Kampala, Uganda. (Courtesy photo)
Rwanda 63-79 Egypt
Rwanda men's basketball team kicked off their 2014 Fiba/Zone V
Championship campaign on a bad note after losing 63-79 to Egypt in the
first game yesterday at the Lugogo Arena in Kampala.
Rwanda, last year’s losing finalists, continued their poor record
against the Egyptians, who are the overwhelming favourites to retain the
Moise Mutokambali’s team led 34-33 at half time but they could not
contain the north Africans, who have ‘fresh wounds’ from a Fiba World
Championship in Spain where they didn’t win a single game.
Last year, Rwanda lost to Egypt twice in Dar es Salaam. Rwanda lost
57-96 in the group stages before another 76-82 loss in the final.
By press time, hosts Uganda were due to play Somalia while the
organisers were still waiting for the arrival of Burundi, Kenya
Ethiopia, South Sudan and Tanzania to confirm the draw for the next
Initially, the week-long tournament was supposed to start on Monday
(today) but that changed at the last minute despite the fact that most
teams were not yet in Kampala.
Defending champions Egypt is the team to beat in this tournament
whereas Rwanda, despite losing their first game, will fancy their chance
The Zone V tournament is also the qualifier for next year’s Fiba
Afrobasket which will be held in Tunisia as the All Africa Games will be
hosted by the Republic of Congo.
21 September 2014
KENYA : Few surprises as Kenya leave for Zone V tourney
There were a few surprises when the
final national men's and women's basketball teams to do duty at the
Zone V Championships were named.
Kenya’s late departure on
Saturday evening was taken in consideration by organizers when drawing
the fixtures. As a result, the Kenyan teams will not be in action when
the championship throws off on Sunday.
Head coaches Evelyne Kedogo
and Anthony Ojukwu named their final travelling players on Friday. The
ladies side had Samba Mjomba of Equity Bank and Emma Nyakweba of United
States International University- Africa (USIU-A) dropped.
played at last year’s championship in Tanzania as well as Afrobasket in
Mozambique. Assistant coach David Maina will also miss the tour owing
to personal commitments.
Ulinzi’s Rebecca Sarange is the other
experienced face that did not make the cut together with Co-operative
Bank’s Melissa Akinyi. USIU-A's Georgina Adhiambo is the surprise
inclusion thanks to her good form having helped her team win Zone V
clubs title last month.
Eagle Wings has the quartet of Annerose
Atieno, Debra Obunga, Evelyne Nora and Salma Akinyi. Others to
represent the country at the zonal championships are Natalie Akinyi and
Yvonne Akinyi (KPA), Hilda Indasi (USIU-A), Bridgit Nanzala (Ulinzi),
Purity Odhiambo (UCU), Vilma Achieng (Uganda) and Linet Atieno (Co-op
In the men's
side, Co-op Bank’s duo of Salim Ali and Joseph Ondinyo were the biggest
casualties after failing the selection criteria. Ulinzi duo of Ancete
Wafula and William Ochieng’s experience counted heavily as they earned
slots in the team.
Others selected are Philip Amenyi (Uganda),
Joseph Khaemba, Allan Ouma and James Mwangi (Co-op Bank), Ariel Okal and
Joseph Ouma (KPA), Valentine Nyakinda (Strathmore University), Victor
Odendo (Ulinzi), Yoni Wanambiro (USIU-A) and Blacio Owuor (Uganda).
men's category will be played on a round-robin format with Egypt and
Rwanda setting the abll rolling at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Hosta Uganda will
play Somalia in the second game.
The women's category will be played on a home and away basis with Uganda facing Egypt in the only match on the opening day.
Players whose teams were in league action on Saturday were allowed to play.
Georgina Adhiambo and Yoni Wanambiro helped USIU-A register vital wins
in the women's and men's premier leagues. The students fell short of
reaching the century mark with a 94-13 win over Mennonite in the women's
Doreen Nyaga scored 17 points for USIU with Zipporah
Odhiambo adding 15. The team scored 21 points from the 3-point line and
18 from the free-throw line.
On the contrary, Mennonite proved to
be a weak opponent scoring fringe points in all quarters to lose 5-10,
0-21, 3-35 and 5-28 respectively. Overall, the team got the points from
four baskets and five free-throws.
Mary Wangui top scored for
Mennonite with four points from a basket and a free-throw while Phenny
Akinyi added three free-throws.
weakened Thunder fought to the last minute before losing 68-85 to
USIU-A after trailing 28-35 at halftime in men premier. Thunder had a
false start after head coach Faustin Mgendi was given a technical foul
by referee Joseph Amoko for his team’s late arrival earning USIU-A two
To worsen the situation, only four players turned up
for Thunder forcing Mgendi to play for the entire first half. Derick
Juma scored a game high 37 points for Thunder while Abel Nson had 27
points for USIU-A that came off eight 3-point shots, a basket and a
Nakuru Club had to sweat it out till the last minutes
before beating Blazers 60-55 in a game that averaged two points for the
first three quarters. Blazers led 28-24 at halftime scoring eleven
free-throws and two 3-point shots in the game.
Joel Wafula scored
highest for Blazers with 16 points while Nakuru scored 16 free-throws
and two 3-point shots as Victor Orale top scored with 14 points.
Renson Moibi scored one 3-point shot and seven free-throws in his 16
points to lead Kenyatta University Pirates to a 63-57 win over
Mennonite. Felix Odhiambo top scored for Mennonite with 14 points. Lions
beat Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) 78-71.
Saturday Results: Mennonite 13 USIU Flames 94, Mennonite 57 KU Pirates 63, Blazers 55 Nakuru Club 60, Thunder 68 USIU-A 85, Lions 78 KAA 71.
National Teams to Uganda
Annerose Atieno (Eagle Wings), Hilda Indasi (USIU-A), Natalie Akinyi
(KPA), Bridgit Nanzala (Ulinzi), Debra Obunga (Eagle Wings), Purity
Adhiambo (UCU, Uganda), Evelyne Nora (Eagle Wings), Georgina Adhiambo
(USIU-A), Vilma Achieng (Uganda), Yvonne Akinyi (KPA), Linet Atieno
(Co-op Bank), Salma Akinyi (Eagle Wings).
Amenyi (Uganda), Joseph Khaemba (Co-op Bank), Ariel Okal (KPA), James
Mwangi (Co-op Bank), Valentine Nyakinda (Strathmore University), Victor
Odendo, William Ochieng (Ulinzi), Allan Ouma (Co-op Bank), Joseph Ouma
(KPA), Blacio Owuor (Uganda), Yoni Wanambiro (USIU-A), Ancete Wafula
RWANDA : We are ready to fight for Fiba Zone V title – Mutokambali
Kami Kabange, seen in action at the 2013 Fiba Afrobasket tournament,
will be vital for Rwanda at the zonal tournament in Uganda where he
plays his club game for City Oilers. (File photo)
The national men’s basketball team is in Uganda to fight for the
2014 Fiba/Zone V Championship title. The tournament starts tomorrow and
ends on September 28 at the Lugogo Arena, in Kampala.
The regional tournament which also acts as 2015 Fiba/Afro-basket and
All Africa Games qualifier, is expected to attract nine countries
including Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, hosts
Uganda, debutants South Sudan and reigning champions Egypt.
The 12-man team, led by head coach Moise Mutokambali, left for Kampala on Friday night aboard RwandAir.
Speaking to Sunday Sport before departure, Mutokambali said: “We are
heading for a difficult challenge but well focused on reaching as far as
possible, though the main target to win the title.”
“I have a solid and confident team which believes in winning. We have
had enough time to prepare and I hope we can go there and do what we
are really capable of. We’ve worked on our defense where I felt was our
weak point,” he explained.
Rwanda, who finished runner-up last year behind Egypt, will be hoping
to go a step further this time round, although the North African side
still remains the overwhelming favourites.
Coach Moise Mutokambali
Nonetheless, Mutokambali remains confident that Rwanda has talented
and experienced players ready to face anyone and win the title.
“We have assembled a very good squad which has valuable experience.
We know every team has made improvements, some have summoned their
players featuring in Europe and USA but I do remain convinced that
Rwanda can win the title,”
He added: “Our ambition is to win the title and qualify for the Afro-basket finals for a fifth consecutive time.”
In last year’s Zone V edition held in Tanzania, Rwanda lost to Egypt
in the final but went ahead to qualify to the African tournament on wild
card in Ivory Coast, finishing 10th out of 16 countries.
Egypt is fresh from competing at the Fiba World Cup in Spain but
couldn’t register a single win in the group stages. Africa was
represented by Angola, Egypt and Senegal. USA retained their world
Angola managed only one win—80-69 over South Korea while Senegal was
the only African team that managed to progress to the round of 16.
Final 12-man squad:
Home-based players: Aboubakar Ally Barame (CSK), Ali Kazingufu
Kubwimana (KBC), Sanny Niyongabo Munyandamutsa (APR), Steven
Havugintwali (IPRC-Kigali) and Espoir’s Aristide Mugabe, Lionnel
Hakizimana, Pascal Karekezi Rurangirwa, Elie Kaje and Olivier Shyaka.
Kenneth Herbert Gasana (Al Wakrah- Qatar), Kami Kabange (City Oilers-
Uganda) and Bradley Cameroon from South Bend, Indiana City- USA.
19 September 2014
UGANDA : Approach will vary, says coach Juruni
KAMPALA- We might have all heard of the ability
of chameleons and octopi to change as they move from one environment to
another. Many times, it’s fascinating to watch.
From blue to green to red to purple…name it. Mandy
Juruni may not be an animal expert but he wouldn’t mind if his team
behaved that way in the Fiba Africa Zone V Basketball Nations
“The approach will vary. It depends on what team
we are playing,” Juruni, the men’s national team coach, the
Silverbacks, told Daily Monitor yesterday. “As Uganda, we always have
something that has been working for us.”
That search for an identity is one many may want to point a finger at from tip-off at the Lugogo MTN Arena on Sunday.
From the selection of four big men in the final
12, Ivan Lumanyika, Henry Malinga, Samuel Kalwanyi and Andrew Opiyo,
Uganda will attempt to be a shooting team to compensate for being
This is something the Burundians have done well.
Somalia and Rwanda try to seek a balance, the latter relying heavily on
City Oilers’ Kami Kabange.
On the other hand, favourites Egypt and neighbours Kenya will largely depend on their inside game to get results.
of course, will not be coming from a position of ignorance as the
Silverbacks played against this opposition at the last edition and the
club event last month.
With the draw set for tomorrow, Juruni, like all
the other six teams, will only learn of the pool stage opponents with a
few hours to tip-off. “Now, it’s about being better at our weaknesses,”
Consequently, the Zone V event has led to the
postponement of today’s Airtel National Basketball League games to avoid
the likelihood of any injuries hours before the Uganda takes on the
FIBA AFRICA ZONE V CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL TEAM – GAZELLES
Flavia Oketcho, Sylvia Nakazibwe, Muhaimina Namuwaya, Vicky Ntale
(captain), Lynn Nalunkuma, Claire Lamunnu, Meme Rukia, Peace Proscovia,
Becky Akullo, Sharon Karungi, Carol Nywafwono, Monica Siima. COACH:
FINAL TEAM – SILVERBACKS
Malinga, Ivan Lumanyika, Samuel Kalwanyi, Andrew Opiyo, Stephen Omony,
Norman Blick, Jimmy Enabu, Ben Komakech, Josh Johnson, Samuel Mukooza, Kassim Nagwere, John Balwigaire COACH: Mandy Jaruni
17 September 2014
NIGERIA : First Bank Starts Early Continental Preparation
Head Coach of First Bank Basketball Club of Lagos, Aderemi Adewunmi,
has defended his team's early preparation for the African Club Women
Basketball Championship qualifiers later this year.
The camping taking place at the ultra-modern basketball hall of the
National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, started after the players were given
about two months extended break after a hectic season.
The coach who masterminded a famous victory over Dolphins Basketball
of Lagos in a pulsating final decided at the Indoor Sport Hall of the
National Stadium, Lagos en-route the 2014 Championship revealed that "We
started our preparation from August 18th because we do not want to wait
for FIBA Africa's letter before we start getting ready as we actually
don't know when the letter will be out."
"So, I decided we should start preparing for the tournament and we
are still at it right now" "We have a lot of young girls and we need to
work all the year round to turn them into champions, so anytime the
letter comes, we are ready to play."
When quizzed whether the early preparation without any competitive
match will not come around to haunt the team when the qualifiers starts,
Adewunmi was quick to refute such claim and said a big club like First
Bank with a rich history in women basketball in Nigeria cannot afford to
joke with early and proper preparation.
"We have a tradition in First Bank Basketball club, we do not wait
for official notifications before we start preparation even whenever we
want to play the local league, we do not wait for Nigeria Basketball
Federation to announce the commencement of the tournament before we
The 2013/2014 female league award winning coach was elusive on his
club transfer policy as they prepare for continental challenges and was
quick to jump to the defense of his player who has been together for the
past four seasons saying barring any unforeseen circumstances, he may
not bring in new faces.
"It depends on what happens because I believe in the present set of
players because we have been working for the past four years and they
are ripe enough to do well at the continental championship."
"If I want to come in with anybody, it's not going to be more than two players but right now, I am not thinking of anybody."
UGANDA : Uganda Set for Zone V
By Felix Eupal
It has taken Uganda six
months to prepare for the Zone V basketball championship and as it draws
closer to kick-off from September 21-28 at Lugogo arena, the mood in
both the men and ladies' camps is sky-high, writes Felix Eupal.
The road to the biennial tournament can best be described as bumpy.
But, nothing could stand in the way of the National Teams Steering
Committee (NTSC) and its unquenchable thirst to host the 2014 edition in
Kampala. Preparations suffered a setback in June when Egypt and Rwanda
pulled out, citing their own tight schedules.
The eventual postponement caused a huge financial loss on behalf of
the NTSC but such was their relentlessness that it pulled all stops to
ensure no excuses from the visiting teams. Buoyed up by a $50,000
sponsorship package from tyre makers Ling Long and City Tyres, nothing
could stop the tournament from taking place.
Other partners include Coca-Cola, Hotel Africana, Castle Lite and
Club Ambiance. Indeed, local basketball body Fuba yesterday announced
the final squads for the tournament amid fanfare at Hotel Africana. The
men's team, popularly known as Silverbacks, goes into the tournament
with a heavy burden of making an impression having trained for the past
The squad has a number of surprises such as City Oilers' Samuel
Kalwanyi and Andrew Opio. The pair have been in good form this season
and put up tremendous performances during the Zone V Club Championship
in Mombasa, where Oilers finished third. Among the surprise omissions
are Falcons Cyrus Kiviri and Ndejje Angels' Jonah Otim, who have been
put on the reserve list.
However, all eyes will be on Uganda's foreign-based players that
include Josh Johnson, John Balwigaire, Kassim Nangwere and Samuel
Mukooza. US-based forward Sharon Karungi will be the centre of attention
for the Gazelles, which is the national ladies team. Meanwhile, the
Gazelles have few omissions, save for Maureen Amoding and Judith
Nansobya, who skipped the tournament to take part in the 3/3 basketball
challenge in Brazil.
Only once has Uganda won the tournament and that was back in 2005
when it was hosted in Kampala. This time round, the tournament is unique
because the finalists in both categories will get a chance to qualify
for the Afro Basketball Championship next year. The same finalists will
also make it to the 2015 All Africa Games 2015 in Brazzaville.
Fiba Zone V is made of 11 countries: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania,
Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eriteria, Djibouti and Egypt.
So far, South Sudan has pulled out of the tournament due to unclear
circumstances; the other countries save for Tanzania, Eritrea and
Djibouti have confirmed participation.
RWANDA : Rwanda wary of Egypt in Fiba Zone V tourney
Head coach Moise Mutokambali gives tips to his players in a past continental tournament. (Courtesy)
Rwanda men's basketball team will be wary of Egypt as they seek
to win the Zone V championship and qualify for the fifth consecutive
Rwanda will on Friday depart for Kampala to participate in the
regional tournament, which also serves as the 2015 Fiba/Afro-basket and
All Africa Games qualifier.
The qualifier which, is scheduled for September 21-28 will attract
Zone V countries such as reigning champions Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda,
Burundi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and hosts Uganda.
The week long annual event is set to tip-off on Monday, September 22 at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.
The national men’s team head coach Moise Mutokambali told Times Sport
in an exclusive interview that his side is well prepared but are only
worried of Egypt who are fresh from competing in the World Basketball
Championships held in Spain.
“We have a strong squad to stage an impressive performance in the
upcoming Zone V tournament. We are primed for the title such that we can
be able to qualify for the Afro-basket finals,” Mutokambali said.
He said the team comprises experienced players mixed with young and
promising players, a feat which gives him hope to perform better in this
“Our main concern and worry is Egypt which is likely to bring the
squad they used in the World Championship. They are very experienced and
they will be a hindrance in our campaign to win the title,” Mutokambali
said before adding : “We need to be very cautious and ensure that we
win all our matches ahead of Egypt’s fixture which will try to prepare
and put in all our efforts for a good result,” added Mutokambali.
Though Egypt is regarded as favourites to win the tournament, it
didn’t register any points during the group stages of the FIBA
Basketball World Cup.
Africa was represented by Angola, Egypt and Senegal at the 2014 FIBA
Basketball World Cup this month where eventual winners of the
tournament, the U.S retained their world cup title.
The team’s biggest loss was to Brazil who defeated them 128-65. Meanwhile, Angola managed only one win, beating Korea 80-69.
Senegal was the only African team that managed to progress to the round of 16 after a tough fight in the first stage.
In last year’s edition held in Tanzania, Rwanda lost to Egypt in the
finals but went ahead to qualify to the African tournament on wild card,
finishing 10th out of 16 countries.
Mutokambali’s squad has of recent been boosted by the arrival of
professional players such as Kami Kabange (City Oilers-Uganda), Nicolas
Gihana (Nantes, France), Bradley Cameron (South Bend College -USA) and
Kenneth Gasana (Al Waklah-Morocco).
15 September 2014
RWANDA : Buzangu named hoops league 2014 MVP
Buzangu of CSK won both the MVP and top scorer awards. (S. Ngendahimana)
Cercle Sportif de Kigali forward Mike Buzangu was on Saturday evening
named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 men’s basketball league.
The former APR player scooped the award ahead of Espoir’s Lionel
Hakizimana, Olivier Shyaka and Aristide Mugabe, who won it in 2012 as
well as 2013 winner Bienvenu Ngandu.
The DR Congo-born Buzangu also retained the league’s top-scorer award with a total of 519 points.
Speaking to Times Sport after receiving his two awards, Buzangu, who
crossed from Espoir to CSK this season, said, “I’m happy for the awards,
but I’m a bit surprised to win the MVP (award).”
“Thanks to my teammates, coaches, basketball federation and friends,
who supported and made me, believe I can go beyond my own expectations,”
In the women’s category, Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress (RAPP)
captain Rosine Micomyiza was named MVP, while Ubumwe basketball club’s
small forward Priscillah Dodo claimed the top-scorer award with a total
of 216 points on her name.
IPRC- Kigali’s youngster Steven Havugintwari clinched the men’s
league Most Improved Player award, while Emelyse Gihozo of RAPP won the
The awarding ceremony was held at Amahoro indoor stadium and was
preceded by a game between the league and playoffs champions Espoir BC
and the national team. The national team won 73-61.
UGANDA : Kalwanyi gets surprise call
Kalwanyi (L) fights for possession with Warriors’ Ronnie Kasewu in a
recent Fuba League encounter. The Oilers player is on the national team.
PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA
By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo
KAMPALA- Samuel Kalwanyi is the major surprise
inclusion in the final team for the Fiba Africa Zone V Nations
Championships set to be hosted here next week.
Sources told Daily Monitor yesterday that the City
Oilers’ power forward is on the list of 12-man team to be unveiled
tomorrow ahead of the annual regional event.
He knocked out 2012 regular season MVP Geoffrey Soro following a lengthy final selection meeting held on Saturday.
Soro is having an average season with his Ndejje
University Angels winning only five of the 12 games thus far. When
asked about the selection, Silverbacks’ coach Mandy Juruni remained
tightlipped. “Yes, the team is done but we cannot reveal it until the
players are informed,” Juruni said.
Kalwanyi’s major ability is protecting the rim with his rebounding and blocking skills.
is club side, Oilers, won the league last year, and finished third at the Fiba Africa Zone V Club Championship last month.
That performance in Mombasa must have swung the
process in his favour as he often jumped off the bench to provide energy
when the levels dropped.
Perhaps his most outstanding performance was the
five blocks and 11 rebounds in the 64-58 win over Rwanda’s Espoir on the
Teammates Andrew Opiyo also made it. Juruni is trying to fill the holes created by Brandon Ssebirumbi who will not be here.
The American-based big man was here in June before the tournament was postponed.
Kalwanyi and Opiyo were not even in the picture
three months ago. With Juruni also their coach at Oilers, he knows them
very well. The team, led by captain Stephen Omony, enters camp today
ahead next Monday’s tip-off.
However, the other four foreign-based
players - Josh Johnson (UK), Samuel Mukooza (Sweden), Kassim Nagwere
(Sweden) and John Balwigaire (US) - will return. All four are guards.
Johnson is already here while the latter three arrive today. There are
no places in the team for Syrus Kiviiri, Joseph Ikong and Jonah Otim
whereas shooting guard Jimmy Enabu makes the 12.
Enabu, one of four Oilers, has fully recovered
from an ankle problem that was due to to keep him out in June and opend a
window for Kiviiri and Otim.
Centres Brian Ssentongo and Sam Gombya, forward
Peter Elungat and point guard Daniel Jjuko also miss out from the
UGANDA : We are aware of the challenge – Steven Omony │ Zone V Nations Qualifiers
Silverbacks' captain Steven Omony (L) says Uganda are goign for glory in the upcoming FIBA Africa Zone V Nations qualifiers
The 2014 FIBA Africa Zone V Nations Qualifiers were launched last
week. The week long annual event is set to tip-off on Monday, September
22 at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.
It has been a decade since Uganda topped the region and was the last
time the qualifiers were hosted here in Kampala. Silverbacks’ forward
and captain, Steven Omony is well aware of what they are up to. “It has
been long but we need to change that” he says.
Even when the tournament date was moved from June to September, they were not derailed and remained focused.
“When we went back to our teams (in June) after tournament was
postponed, each of us knew what to do. We talked about it before we left
(the camp)” Omony said. “There is a lot of morale in the camp, the
spirits are high and we are re-establishing our team chemistry” Omony
told Kawowo Sports.
Uganda has in the recent past failed to beat up on the zone heavy
weights and finished fifth in the last encounter in Tanzania but the
skipper believes they should be able to play the championship game on
the home court.
“We are working aggressively because we are aware of the challenge”
the star forward said. “We have had narrow misses on our previous
encounters but we are going for glory this time”
Coach Mandy Juruni will officially announce his final 12 players
tomorrow but reports say four foreign based players have been named on
the team and will be in the camp by Wednesday, four from City Oilers and
one from Power, Falcons, Warriors and UCU Canons.
Full Team: Ben Komakech, Jimmy Enabu, John Balwigaire, Josh Johnson,
Kassim Nagwere, Samuel Mukooza, Steven Omony (captain), Norman Blick,
Andrew Opio, Henry Malinga, Samuel Kalwanyi and Ivan Lumanyika.
KENYA : Kenya Team Run Over Nairobi Select in Friendly
By Dann O'werre
KENYA team beat Nairobi Select team 50-41 in a friendly match played at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium.
The national side under coaches Evelyn Kedogo and David Maina got off
to a slow start and never lived up to the expectations of the many fans
who turned up for the friendly. At the end of the first quarter, Kenya
team trailed 9-12 before turning tables to lead 29-18 at the break.
The losers, comprising Premier League players, took third quarter
11-10 but were downed 20-12 in the last. Georgia Otieno led the side
with 13 points and Bridgit Nanzala made 10 before limping out with an
injury. For the Select side, play maker Cynthia Irankunda managed nine
and Evelyn Itabo shot 8.
The other match of the night saw, Kenya men thump International team
composed of foreign-based players 62-50. The winners took total control
from the onset cruising to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter. They went
on to seal the second quarter 11-6 before erupting for a huge 20-12
margin in the third and winding off with a 22-16 cushion in the fourth.
James Mwangi scored 14 points while veteran shooting forward Ancette
Wafula posted 11 for Kenya who are handled by Anthony Ojukwu and Tony
Ochieng. The foreigners had 15 from Chris Musumba. The national teams
are in camp ahead of the Fiba Africa Zone 5 Afro basketball tournament
slated for Kampala, Uganda from September 21-28. Favourites Egypt are
among 10 teams that have confirmed participation in the tournament. A
total of four women and six men's sides will feature in the event at
Lugogo Indoor Hall.
Kenya women and Egypt men are the defending champions having won the
last edition in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania last year. The wining teams in
the tournament will qualify for the All Africa Games as well as the
Africa Nations Cup.
TANZANIA : We're Keen to Revive Basketball
By Frank Kimaro
BASKETBALL Dar es Salaam
(BD) has said it is committed to revive basketball in the region
following the poor progression of basketball competitions in recent
BD Vice-President Richard Julies told the 'Daily News' that the RBA
league was last held in the 2012/2013 season due to financial
constraints. "Our clubs didn't have power to stand by themselves and we
didn't have any sponsor. As a result, the association depended on clubs
to donate something to run the league.
However, most clubs were not able to contribute money," he said. "So
we failed to run the league because we didn't have funds ... we kept on
postponing it and later decided that we should organise ourselves for
the 2014/2015 season," he added.
Julies said the league will resume on September 18 this year under
the sponsorship of Azam Tv and Azam Cola who have invested about 39
million/- in the tournament.
"Our plans for this year include a long RBA league that will be
followed by an All-Stars game to involve star players from the league.
We'll also organise other competitions including the Nyerere Cup," he
The league will help Dar es Salaam pick a strong team for the
forthcoming East African Inter-city basketball competition to be held in
the city next year.
Some players, including Mohamed Yusuph who played for the Dream Team
in the past Inter-city championships, have predicted that the coming
league will be competitive and thrilling as all teams have adequate
Teams which will participate in the RBA league are JKT, ABC, Mgulani
and Kurasini Heat from Temeke; Tanzania Prison, Don Bosco Upanga,
popularly known as Savio, Vijana City Bulls and Jogoo from Ilala.
Kinondoni will be represented by Chui, Don Bosco Oysterbay, Pazi and
Oilers. Women's teams will also have their league and some of the
participants are Don Bosco Lioness, Vijana Queens and JKT.
14 September 2014
UGANDA : KIU Titans dent Warriors’ NBL momentum with 70-68 win
Photo Credits: Basketball 256
Francis Kasekende (L) stands in the face of Warriors' Ivan Enabu during
last seasons encounter. Kasekende scored 11 points last night
After a rather comfortable close to the first quarter, Riham Warriors
looked headed for comfortable night in the second round game against
KIU Titans at YMCA.
Their coach, Gad Eteu looked seemed drawn in it. “Everything was going as we wanted” he said. “We had control over the game”
Everything started falling out of place in the second quarter. KIU ‘s
16-7 run to start the second quarter swayed the momentum Titans’ way
with a combined team effort something their coach, Henry Mwinuka was
“Am happy with the guys, i think we did well as team. We don't have
go to individuals and that helped us as a team” he told Kawowo Sports
Julius ran at Warriors all night, Francis Kasekende found the basket
beyond the arc with his customary uplomb. The Titans found their grove
at the back end, stepped up their defense to alternate between a solid
man-to-man and a not so sustainable 2-3 Zone but limited Warriors to 9
points in the second quarter.
Kasekende and Collins Kusujja led KIU’s team scoring effort with 11
points apiece. Samuel Ogutu added 10 points while Bol Akol, Micheal
Makiadi and David Donat contributed 9 points each.It was turn for Warriors to chase and eventually never got there out
of poor decision making in the final 34 seconds some Eteu was
disappointed with but thinks his team gave away the game much earlier.
“There are mistakes like that” he said. “We lost the game much
earlier. They (KIU) worked for it but we gave away this game that is
what sucks” a disappointed Eteu told Kawowo Sports.
Ronnie Kasewu paced Warriors with game high 19 points including a
3-pointer that brought his team with a point of KIU with 11 seconds to
the final horn. Henry Malinga added 16 points and picked 9 rebounds in a
Meanwhile Claire Lamunu poured in 22 points and picked 15 rebounds as
KCCA Leopards rolled past KIU Rangers 57-49. Flavia Oketcho added 13
Susan Amito had 14 and 19 to lead KIU and Moreen Atulinda added 12 and 14.
M: KIU Titans 70-68 Riham Warriors
W: KIU Rangers 49-57 KCCA Leopards
KENYA : Co-op Bank Queens keen to break the 'semifinalists' jinx
Co-operative Bank ladies basketball
team is hoping to get past the semifinals of the Kenya Basketball
Federation league playoffs this season, a stage they haven't gone past
in the last three seasons.
The bankers lost their seventh game
of the season on Saturday to Sprite Storms 36-45. Out of eleven games in
the first leg, they lost to Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Eagle Wings,
Strathmore University and United States International University- Africa
In the second leg, they have started on the wrong
footing losing three out of five played including KPA and Eagle Wings
double. Despite the visibly odd facts against his team, head coach
Robert Mugabe says they will pick it up from the playoffs since their
qualification is assured.
“I am confident we will finish in the top three. For now, no team has won the league so we all have equal chances,” he told sportsnewsarena.com
“My main aim is to motivate the players and ensure they play as a team then we can build up on that.”
Mugabe has severally faced criticism from many people over player
fielding but he says it is only that they don't understand his
“I always tell my players to play at their best and
encourage internal discipline. If you don't train, you don't play no
matter how good you are and that is my principle whether we win or
lose,” he said.
“I wish some of those people who complain come to
our training because its me and the players only. They would understand
our play better."
The bankers have already lost Taudencia Peter
and Linet Juma who have left for collegiate basketball in USA.However,
Melissa Akinyi joined the team from Strathmore University towards the
end of first leg.
She links up with former teammate Grace Wanjiku
who left the varsity side at the start of the season and Mugabe says the
impact of new signings has been good.
“They brought in depth and
experience that a team of our caliber needs to challenge for the
title.” All their losses have been inflicted by the top teams that
they are likely to play in the playoffs in case they make it. That does
not concern Mugabe who insists that “playoffs is a different ball game
from the regular season".
He was at pains to see his side lose to
Storms after holding them off to a one point deficit at halftime. Storms
won the first quarter 10-6 but Co-op Bank took home the second 15-12.
lost the game in the third quarter after losing 5-11 and went on to
forfeit the fourth 10-12. Mercy Wanyama scored 12 points for Storms
and grabbed 10 rebounds with Linet Mukiri adding 11. Grace Wanjiku
scored highest for Co-op Bank with 8 points and Akinyi added 7.
Blades slise KU
Ulinzi Blades had the better of Kenyatta University Oryx winning their
encounter 68-48. Blades won the first three quarters 19-10, 15-14 and
15-10 respectively with Oryx taking away the fourth 14-9.
Sarange hit four three-point shots as she top scored for Blades with 24
points while Betty Kananu had a similar score for Oryx.
Statistics from the game had Oryx head coach Gitau Waringo worried. His
team scored only five free-throws against Blades’ 16 and managed only a
single three-point shot against Blades’ four.
“Our shooting is
very poor. In this game alone, we missed close to twenty free shots and
many scoring opportunities below the rim which could have changed the
He attributes that to the long recess the players
took but promised a change by the next two weeks as he plots for the
“It is a matter of precision and we must commit a lot
of our training time to perfecting that. On Sunday, we must beat
Mennonite to remain relevant.”
Lions beat Pirates, Co-op silence Thunder
In men premier, KU Pirates failed to sparkle going down 60-74 against a rejuvenated Lions side.
The students scored nine points from the free-throw line against Lions’
17 but had 7 three-point shots against Lions’ 5. Lions led 38-31 at
the breather after winning the opening quarters 17-13 and 21-18.
Pirates threatened a comeback winning the third 18-14 but Lions pulled away in the fourth convincingly winning 22-11.
Ochieng top scored for Lions with 15 points and Denis Opiyo had 14.
Pirates’ highest scorer was Jacktone Agunda with 23 points and Benson
Moibi with 21.
Defending champions Co-operative Bank beat Nairobi
City Thunder 66-45 in a game they scored only one free-throw against
Thunder’s four. Injured Griffin Ligare was highly missed as Thunder
trailed 27-39 at the breather.
The bankers won first quarter 20-7
and Thunder the second 20-19. The third quarter went Co-op Bank’s way
10-6 same as the fourth 17-12. Tony Abondo had 13 points for the bankers
and Derick Juma 18 for Thunder.
Other results had Ulinzi Warriors beat Nairobi Aviation College 72-53 while USIU-A saw off host Nakuru Club 77-66.
Eldonets 45 KCA-U 56, Nakuru Club 66 USIU-A 77, MKU Kakamega 54 Dankind
Academy 44, Zetech College 44 Trailblazers 59, Little Prince 60 ANU 61,
Parklands Baptist 30 Upper Hill 54, Co-op Bank 66 Thunder 45, KU
Pirates 60 Lions 74, KU Oryx 48 Ulinzi Blades 68, Sprite Storms 45 Co-op
Bank 36, Nairobi Aviation College 53 Ulinzi Warriors 72.
12 September 2014
KENYA : Co-Op Bank, Strathmore Top Log As Race Tightens
By Dann O'werre
CO-OPERATIVE Bank of Kenya
and Strathmore top the men and women's KBF Premier League log following
impressive show over the weekend.
The bankers, who triumphed over Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), have 35
points from 18 games having lost only one game. Blades are second on 34
points from 21 ties with their sister club, Strathmore University lying
in third with 33 points.
Strathmore are tops in the women's category with 28 points from 16
matches. Former national champions and Africa bronze medalist Eagle
Wings lie second also on 28 points from similar number numbers while
United States International University, the only side yet to lose
fixture this year, are third on 26 points with three matches in hand.
In other matches played over the weekend, Lions trailed by a close
29-18 score-line at half time and went on to lose 54-48 to a gritty
Ulinzi Warriors side in a top fight of ex-champions. Kenya Airports
Authority (KAA) pipped Strathmore University 74-72. Sprite Storms had 16
points from Faustine Mandu as they beat Kenyatta University "Oryx"
41-25. The campus girls had nine from Betty Kananu. In the Nairobi
Basketball Association (NBA) matches at Railways club, leaders
Strathmore University pipped Legacy 64-63 in a tight show.
TANZANIA : RBA Set for Launch
THE Dar es Salaam Regional Basketball League (RBA) will be launched
today with an All-Stars game, dunking and three-points competitions at
the National Indoor Stadium.
Basketball Dar es Salaam (BD) Managing Director Mohamed Tajiri said
the launch will saw All-Stars players, who have been divided into East
Conference and West Conference, locking horns in a game to be televised
live by Azam TV, who are the league's media sponsor.
He said the event, which will involve various basketball stakeholders
including famous veterans and upcoming players, will also witness
dunking and three-points competitions.
"Today's event is part of BD's efforts to revive basketball awareness
in the city as it was way back in the 1990s when the sport was the talk
of town," said Tajiri.
According to the BD chief, the launch will be graced by the Dar es
Salaam Regional Sports Officer, Adolf Ally. The RBA league will involve
12 teams from the three Dar es Salaam districts of Ilala, Kinondoni and
Temeke with each fielding four teams that will compete for the regional
title later this month.
"After the launch BD and the clubs participating in the RBA league
will meet to decide when it should kick off and draw the fixture,"
The league will be televised live by Azam TV every Friday from the
National Indoor Stadium, making it the first time for the competition to
be broadcast live since its inception.
BD is determined to restore the league's popularity under the
sponsorship of Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) through its Kilimanjaro
Premium Lager brand.