Kenya Basketball Federation Chairman Paul Otula, has disclosed they are waiting for a detailed report from the technical bench of the national men’s basketball team in order to help them in planning for the future.
The Kenya Morans made history after stunning heavyweights Angola 74-73 in a nail-biting contest in Cameroon on Saturday night to qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket, 2021 tournament in Rwanda.
Morans made a huge statement as they upset red-hot Angola, a team that Kenya has never beaten in the history of basketball in Africa.
“We are waiting for report from the technical bench, it’s crucial for our future planning. Once the team lands we will be in touch with relevant departments within the team, to assess its performance in Yaoundé and what’s further needed to make it better and bigger. The team has done us proud and through partnerships with the Government, which has been supportive over the years we will surely continue giving it much needed backing” he revealed.
The long serving administrator of the sport further attributed the breakthrough of the team at the continental stage to federation’s initiative to invest in key structures and policies meant to develop the game locally.
“Morans have proved once again to the world that Kenya is worthy of all the big and good deeds. Bravo to them for propelling the country to the basketball stage, their achievement is a good testimony of the quality of our activities, structures and planning. The technical bench led by Liz Mills did their homework well as she demystified the gender debate ” he added.
Head Coach Liz Mills who penned her name in history books by becoming the first female coach at the helm of a men’s team to qualify for the AfroBasket is hopeful of an equally great show in Kigali.
“Going to Rwanda is great. We beat a powerhouse and it’s a wonderful feeling, we came here for wins, we’ve taken care of everything and hopefully we’ll replicate the same glittering show in August” she stated.
Kenya will be returning to the AfroBasket for the first time in 28 years. Their last participation at the continental scene was at the FIBA AfroBasket 1993 which they hosted but fell short of a spot on the podium following a 90-76 loss to Senegal in the Third-Place game.