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USIU locked out of the Federation of African University Games final against Makerere University

By Rebecca Gichana | July 18th 2014 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

Kenya's representative in the Federation of African University Games (FASU) United States International University- Africa (USIU-A) were locked out of the finals of women's basketball against Uganda's Makerere University.

The home team, who were the last to qualify for World University Championships, will not play at the global event for fielding foreign players.

The decision was reached at after Makerere University coach Albert Asiko lodged a complaint questioning the fielding of non-Kenyan players.

Asked why he had to wait until the finals to raise alarm, Asiko said he was not being malicious for waiting for the Kenyan students to reach the finals in order to raise the complaint.

"I realised it (that USIU-A fielded foreign players) when we were playing our second match but I kept quiet because I had to get my facts right. I confirmed my fears on Wednesday evening and that is when I decided to write the protest letter," said the tactician.

The three players in question were Magnitique Ndayikengerutse, Ghyslane Uwimana and Cythia  Ilankunda (all from Rwanda) and Sudanese Mauel Biel.

After the incident, USIU-A coach declined to answer any questions from the media, neither did the institution's team manager Boniface Salano answer the phone calls.

During the finals, Uganda beat Mozambique 48-44 to emerge the continental champions in a hotly contested final played at the Nyayo National Stadium basketball gymnasium yesterday.

This was the third time the teams met in the whole competition with Uganda emerging as the favourites in all the matches.

Makerere started the match on a high note, winning the first quarter 10-8 but failed to contain their opponents who were determined to avenge their loss in the first quarter. Mozambique won the second quarter 12-5.

During the third quarter, the Mozambique continued to pile more pressure on Makerere University but the Ugandans came out the better side, winning the third quarter 20-12.

In the last quarter, Mozambique were at it again, piling up pressure on the Ugandans only to end the final quarter on a 12-12 scoreline.

During the explosive encounter, Claire Lumunu emerged the top scorer with 18 points for Makerere while her team mate Joy Chemtai managed eight.

Monica Tembo and Sousa Cita scored ten and eight respectively for Mozambique.

In another one-sided final,Mozambique beat Egypt 71-54 to clinch the men's title.

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