27 March 2007

KENYA : U.S. Based Stars to Be Called Up

By Philip Onyango

The government has confirmed it will fly in American based women basketball stars for the All Africa Games to be held in Algeria in July.
Commissioner of Sports Gordon Oluoch yesterday said the Games steering committee was in the process of going through the budget and was looking at the possibility of ensuring all the overseas based players for the All Africa Games are given a chance to play for Kenya."We have already received a request from the basketball federation. What is remaining is for us to sit down with them and look for the best way possible to go about it", he said.Kenya basketball federation chairman Agina Wasonga yesterday said they were in contact with the U.S. based players most of whom had confirmed they would be willing to play in Algeria.
"We have spoken to them and the response is quite good because all of them have given us an assurance they will be available for the games," Wasonga said.

The national team coaches Ronny Owino and Smarts Olumbo he said had selected Josephine Achieng Owino and Beatrice Awino Oyenje both at Union University in Tennessee, Rose Ouma who is at Lewis and Clerk in Illinois, Jackline Wasuda and Maurine Obudho who are at Cisco University and Miriam Wandanda who is at Bethel University to do duty for the National team in Algeria.

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