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Bungei join Morans Camp in Cameron ahead of Afrobasket Qualifiers

BASKETBALL By Washington Onyango | February 16th 2021
Moran player Ariel Okal jumps high during the unveiling of Morans team at Nyayo National stadium.Nov 7, 2020. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Foreign-based Kenyan Morans star Ariel Okall has joined the rest of the national squad camp in Cameroon ahead of the Afrobasket qualifiers set to kick off on Friday.

Okall, fresh from signing a six-month contract with Oman’s Al Bashaer Club after his contract with Algeria's US Setif expired last year, will be a vital addition to the Morans team.

The Morans jetted out of the country on Monday to Cameroon for the second and final round of qualifiers.

He was joined by the foreign-based triplet of Joel Awich, Preston Bungei and Tylor Okari.

They are expected to make a huge difference in the team with Bungei and Awich, who also have American citizenship, set to make their debuts at the three-day event.

Bungei is currently plying his trade in Denmark with Randers Cimbria alongside Okari (Bakken Bears), while Awich is based in France.

Kenya is on a mission to fulfil their quest of securing a spot in the Afrobasket 2021.

Kenya is in group 'B' which also has Senegal, Angola and Mozambique. They play their first match against Senegal on Friday.

Kenya lie third in the group following the first round of qualifiers and can clinch a place in the African finals by matching the results of fourth-placed Mozambique.

Kenya Morans head coach Liz Mills named her list of 12 players that will represent Kenya in the second and final round of Afrobasket qualifiers.

She made two other changes to the squad by dropping point guard Victor Bosire and Fahim Juma.

Griffin Ligare will captain the team that includes Erick Mutoro, Joseph Khaemba, Tylor Okari, Preston Bungei and Victor Ochieng among others.

The following are the names of the players who will be traveling to Yaounde, Cameroon.

Kenya Morans squad: Griffin Ligare (captain), Erick Mutoro, Joseph Khaemba, Tylor Okari, Preston Bungei, Victor Ochieng, Valentine Nyakinda, Ariel Koranga, Joel Awich, Ronnie Gombe, Tom Wamukota, Desmond Blacio, Fidel Okoth.

Technical bench: Liz Mills (head coach), Sadat Gaya (assistant coach)

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