26 April 2007

KENYA : UK-Based Star Picked

Dann O'were

Marion Githegi, the UK-based student, will join the national team's training camp for the All Africa Games next month, a Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) official said on Wednesday.
Agina Wesonga, the KBF chairman, told SportFest that Githegi, a guard who plays high school basketball in England, has been held back because of examinations."We want to include her in the provisional team. She is expected at the end of May," said Agina, adding that Nairobi-based players have already started non-residential training. Githegi, has impressive credentials and was named to the England basketball under-15's regional and England All Star team.

She says in her email to Agina: "I have learnt a lot over the seven years that I have been playing basketball. I have met a lot of people who are now my friends, but most importantly I have grown to be a mature student/athlete with my love for the game of basketball and will continue to pursue my career."

National team head coach Ronny Owino said he will give Githegi a chance in the team and see if she is up to scratch.
"If she is a good guard as her school credentials suggest, then we will give her a chance like anybody else when she finally comes," said Owino. Owino said he will call up four US-based players to enhance the team's medal prospects. Beatrice Awino has already been ruled out because she is sitting examinations.
Kenya has been drawn in pool B in the Pan Africa festival that starts on July 13. They will play Tunisia, Mali, Zimbabwe, Senegal and defending champions Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Co-operative Bank over the weekend beat University of Nairobi Terrorist 71-60 in a Premier League match at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
International guard Cliff Ochieng fired 18 points to lead the bankers to their second successive win.
They led 37-28 at the break. Brian Busu bagged 18 for the campus lads.t was double trouble for University teams as Sprite Storms dismissed UoN Dynamites 57-54. Hilda Luvandwa managed 15 points for Storms with Doreen Milala scoring 10 for the losers. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology thrashed newly promoted Lang'ata Crusaders 73-48.
The losers, who last week failed to travel to Mombasa for their opener against Kenya Ports Authority have found out early that things will be rough.
Roy Kahure, Jkuat's national team player led all scorers with 21 points while Boniface Okulo managed 16.

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