14 April 2009

KENYA : KBF names four teams for the Zone Five club show in Uganda

KENYA Basketball Federation (KBF) have named four clubs that will represent the country in the Zone V club championship to be held in Uganda in July.

Vitalis Gode, the KBF secretary said in a brief that the event that will determine who qualifies for the FIBA Africa Champions Cup will be held from July 29 to August 2 at the Lugogo Indoor Stadium, Uganda.

The teams, said Gode are the national champions Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Lions and their fiercest rival and the team they beat 2-1 in the series play offs finals for their second national title in a row- Co-operative Bank of Kenya.
Former national giants, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) men who finished third after beating United States International University (USIU) have been put on standby.

The women's representatives are national champions and regular participants in the show, KPA. They will be joined by league runners up, and self sponsored Eagle Wings who will feature in their first regional club tournament.
Gode also said that the federation will meet the team managers on 18th April "to address issues of concern focusing on the management of the league." The league, meant to throw off on April 4, hit a snag with managers saying it will only get off after a meeting with the federation.

According to Gode, it will now begin on April 25, a week after that meeting that is expected to be well attended as it will be important. Topping the agenda will be the fixtures and the constitution.

The Federation shall organize a residential national clinic on 30th April to 3rd May for coaches and referees at Upper Hill School. KBF will catter for residetial cost while participants will, expected to arrive on May 3, will pay shs 1,000.

The number of participants will be seven persons per branch -between three and four referees- while additional participants will bear their own cost of boarding.

In another development, Laiser Hill and Shimba Hills claimed the national secondary schools championships following the final matches played at Embu, in Eastern Province over the weekend.

Laiser Hill thumped Friends school Kamusing (Western) 94-55 behind 33 points from Sudi Ulanga and 17 from Nol Mayieng. The losers had game high 35 points from Okari Ongwae but it could not save their blushes.

Shimba Hills won the girls title whipping Tigoi (Western) by a whopping 114-54 difference in this one sided encounter. Purity Adhiambo bagged 48 points while Susan Akinyi added 32. The duo combined for more points scored by the entire Tigoi 12 !

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