28 June 2007

KENYA : Luchivya and Achieng named as Kenya team captains

Angela Luchivya will captain the Kenya national women's side during next month's All Africa Games, head coach Ronny Owino has said.
Owino said that the speedy Sprite Storms guard was capable of handling the captaincy. She will be assisted by Caroline 'Majeng'Achieng.

The team continues to train at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium for the games and on Tuesday beat Mennoinites 84-72 in a build up match at
the same venue.
USA based center Josephine Achienmg poured in 27 points, Gladys Wanyama made 13 while Achieng added 11. It was the fourth frienldy match for the team.
Coach Thomas Olumbo said after the match that they were still looking for a winning chemistry and that was the reason the team has yet to get cohesion.

In a related development, Qatar Army team coach Mohammed Muse Abdirahman has tipped the team to do well in next month's All Agrica Games.

The tactician who has been helping train the team together with coaches Ronny Owino and Thomas Olumbo said, he has seen remarkable improvemnt in the team

"When I first saw them, the team were not shooting from the perimeter. But after days workouts, I am very impressed with their shots now." he told SporFest at Nyayo Natiuonal Stadium gymnasium.

He said that for a team to perfom better in a big stage like the Pan Africa Games, there is need for both outside and inside plays to counter the

" Your federation's effort to bring the country's top players from abroad will also pay dividends as they will play a key role in your success during the show."
said the tactician.

Abdirahman, who is on holiday, said there was immeasurable talent in Kenya and he will do all that he can to help promote the game locally.

"Why should I be in this gymnasium helping to train the team from morning until later in day" ? he posed adding, "Because I love the game and want Kenya to
perform well."

The tactician had earlier donated 11 balls and training kits to the team, a gesture that has been welcomed by the basketball chiefs.

Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) chairmamn Agina Wesonga directed that there will be no Premier league games for the national team players.

He said that they do not want a situation where players will get injured while playing for their clubs and disrupt the national team trainings.

Agina also promised that for the first time ever the national team will bring home a medal from these games.

"The girls have trained well. There are oversease based players in the side and moreover the fact that there are eight players who were in Abuja team can
only mean good results." he noted.

by Dann O'WERE

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