By Samuel Ouma
Buoyed by an exemplary performance at the just concluded FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers held in Yaounde, Cameroon, Kenya’s men basket team are scheduled to start early training.
Kenya Basketball Federation chair Paul Otula revealed the local-based players would report to the training camp in a fortnight to prepare for FIBA AfroBasket Championships.
The showpiece is slated for August 24-September 4 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Assistant coach Sadat Gay will manage the players in the camp until the head coach until May when the head coach Liz Mills will return from Holiday in Australia.
“She will leave behind the programme to be followed by other coaches, organise zoom meetings and advice accordingly. With technology, nothing is impossible. We will be trying out every player and will only pick the best in each and every position,” said Paul Otula.
Otula also noted plans to extend training camp and organize friendly matches to ensure the players are adequately prepared for the tournament.
The chairman said the team’s management would have to choose wisely good players from a pool of 30, both playing in the local and foreign leagues.
He further challenged the players who did not make it to the squad during qualifiers to pull up their shocks to increase their chances of selection into the final squad.
Kenya qualified for the FIBA AfroBasket Championships for the first time in 28 years after stunning the African giant Angola.