Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Start of a New Basketball Season- What are the prospects and pitfalls ?

Start of a new season in the Kenyan basket ball season. This is the calendar highlight for the Kenya Basketball Federation. It also means that the lights come back on again after a five month break since December 2006.
What has been going on?
First, Kenya qualified for the All-Africa Games (women's team). A big round of applause to the ladies. I did manage to check them out at Nyayo Gym before the left for the qualifiers in Rwanda and I must say the coach one Mr. Thomas'Smarts' Olumbo assisted by Mr. Anthony Ojukwu put them under some military-like drills. Big hands for Angela L, Eunice O, Caroline A, Joyce M and the whole team !
The men were not so lucky having been beaten by Rwanda and eventual qualifiers,Egypt. They did put up a fight though.

As the qualifiers were going on, elections for the Zone 5 region were held and our very own Eng. Maurice Aluanga was elected as chair. Congratulations to him too ! I do hope with the clout that you now enjoy, Kenyan basketball will gain more continetal status. Let's reach (and even exceed !) our brothers in Angola, Nigeria and Egypt.
There was also the off-season Inter-Colleges and Universities League that was going on. However a lot of disagreements and disorganisation has meant that this has been reduced to a two-horse torney for USIU and KCITI. Tragedy I would say !
There is also the small bit of commercialisation and sponsorship which has not materialised like it has for other sports. Except for a few institutional teams and privately sponsored teams...there's not much largesse in KBF's treasure chest !
Now comes the 2007 season, who are the front runners and who will be the new pretenders to the crown ? Keep it locked for reviews on the teams to beat...

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