Kenya Basketball Federation(KBF) appoints George Mayienga as the new coach for the Kenya women’s basketball team. The team well known as ‘Lionesses’ needed a new head coach due to the resigning of their previous head coach, Ronnie Owino.
According to the KBF secretary, they had no alternative other than looking for a new head coach. “Coach Owino declared some time back that he will not handle the national team again. As a result, we looked for someone to fill his spot,” said Ambrose Kisoi, KBF Secretary.
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Similarly, the team already has in position the squad to represent them in the qualifiers set for next month. The qualifiers kick off from July 5th to 10th in Egypt. However, the national team Captain Hilda Indasi is in dilemma. This occurs due to the fact that she’s omitted from the twenty-two people squad. Those listed by the KBF are set to avail themselves to the camp before the FIBA Women’s Afro Basket Zone Five Qualifiers. However, she’s not the only one exempted.
Equity bank’s Betty Samba, Belinda Akoth, and also Betty Kananu also seem absent from the selected troop. Apparently, among those who participated in the 2019 edition in Senegal, only two players have been selected. Georgia Adhiambo who plays for Ubumwe BC in Rwanda and Mercy Wanyama who also plays with AD Cortegada of the USA. THE 22-ladies squad is set to report to the camp at Nyayo Stadium Gymnasium on the 1st of May 20121.
THE BASKETBALL SELECTED SQUAD COMPRISES OF:
Ashley Minayo – Riara
Taudencia Katumbi —- KPA
Becky Muthoni Nkatha —- KPA
Ritah Oluoch —- Equity
Medina Okot —– KPA
Liz Okumu ——- UON
Maryanne Nyagaki —– Equity
Jemmimah Knight —— Storms
Christine Akinyi ——- Zetech
Georgia Adhiambo —— Ubumwe BC, Rwanda
Selina Okumu —— KPA
Velma Achieng ——- KPA
Melisa Akinyi ——— Equity
Natalie Akinyi —— KPA
Mary Lisa —— KPA
Rose Ouma —– Al Nasr, UAE
Brenda Adhiambo —- USA
Purity Auma —— Bangladesh
Clara Rotich —— Tyler Junior College-USA
Victoria Wanjara —- USA
Mercy Wanyama —– AD Cortegada, Spain
Felmas Koranga —— Troy University, USA
The last time the Lionesses basketball team also participated in the continental tournament was in 2009 in Dakar, Senegal. Out of the playing 12 teams, they finished at position 11. Kisoi congratulates the basketball players, however, he states that only 12 players will be selected for the final playing list. “It’s a noble cause representing the national team and only twelve players appear in the final list. We congratulate the technical bench and all the players who received the call,” said the KBF Secretary.
He also challenged them to mirror their male colleagues the Morans who do better than them during competitions. “Ordinarily our women’s team perform better than the men’s team but this time around, Morans did a fantastic job. We also wish the ladies outdo them,” added Ambrose Kisoi.