31 January 2014

KENYA : Dankind Academy Eye Seven Foot Player From Kakuma

NAIROBI Basketball Association (NBA) champions Dankind Academy are eyeing a seven footer from Kakuma to bolster the team's performance this season.
Team head coach John Coffino yesterday revealed that besides the towering South Sudanese, whom he has made his top target, he will also recruit about 10 to 12 players for the coming season. Dankind Academy, who won the NBA crown on their debut, will also hold week-long trials at their Roysambu courts next week to identify new players who will help the team scale new heights.
"The team need more guards since we have enough big men. If we can get the kind of players who have talent, then with the tall Sudanese, we would be all set for a tough year," said Coffino who recently returned from USA.
He said he is targeting young talents of between 15-16 years whom he will train into top class players within a short period. Already former Upper Hill mainstay Dominic Obunaka has joined the charges.
Coffino said Dankind Academy lost three top players who helped them clinch the provincial tittle last year. The players have joined institutions of higher learning which he lists as a priority. But he said there is no cause for alarm just as yet as the team will be even much stronger with the new recruits that are expected in soon.
"We started our training about three weeks ago and we have lined up friendlies to get us ready for the new season," he confided. He said his dream is to build a strong side that will battle against the very best in the country. The talent, he noted is abundant and what is needed is training and developing them. Coffino coached in USA and Qatar before coming to the country last year.
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