Basketball: Kenya ready to face Rwanda in AfroBasket qualifiers opener
BASKETBALL By Washington Onyango | July 12th 2021
The national women’s basketball team Kenya Lioness will on Monday kick off their 2021 Fiba AfroBasket Zone Five qualifiers in Kigali with a match against hosts Rwanda at 7 pm East African local time.
Kenya, Egypt, South Sudan and hosts Rwanda will battle it out for the single ticket reserved for Zone Five ahead of the 25th edition of the Fiba AfroBasket championships to be played in Yaounde, Cameroon later in September.
Kenya Lionesses landed in Kigali on Friday evening before Covid-19 screening.
The Lionesses trained on Saturday as they attempt to return back to Afrobasket after their mixed performance at the 2019 edition played in Senegal.
Lioness head coach George Mayienga said they are ready for throw-off after training for over two months the main goal is to qualify for Afrobasket for the second consecutive time.
The 53-year-old tactician was appointed the new Lioness coach after long-serving coach Ronnie Owino left the team on mutual consent.
Rose Ouma Nalo Georgia Adhiambo Victoria Reynolds Natalie Akinyi Melissa Akinyi Jemimah Omondi Celia Okumu Felmas Koranga Brenda Adhiambo Vilma Akinyi Mercy Wanyama Christine Akinyi
The winner of the tournament will play in FIBA AfroBasket championship from September 17-26 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Yaounde.
Kenya Lioness Basketball Team
Rose Ouma Nalo- Al Nasr UAE
Georgia Adhiambo- Ubumwe BC Rwanda
Victoria Reynolds- USA
Natalie Akinyi- KPA Kenya
Melissa Akinyi- Equity Kenya
Jemimah Omondi- Storms Kenya
Celia Okumu- KPA Kenya
Felmas Koranga- Troy University USA
Brenda Adhiambo- USA
Vilma Akinyi- KPA Kenya
Mercy Wanyama- AD Cortegada Spain
Christine Akinyi- Zetech Sparks Kenya
Kenya 7s bow out of the Olympics after defeat to Ireland, tearful Amonde speaks
- Tokyo notebook day 2: Kenyan colours are hot cake in Tokyo
- Olympics: Coach Simiyu says last 90 seconds cost Kenya win against USA
- 13-year-old shocks the world, scoops gold in Tokyo Olympic Games