NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – Ahead of their upcoming Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham, UK, Kenya’s two 3X3 basketball teams are optimistic about making an impression after Tuesday’s camp report.
The team of seven men and women hone their skills at Kasarani’s indoor arena where they will be in a residential camp for seven weeks.
This will be the first time that Kenya will be represented in the 3X3 basketball competition after earning direct qualification as the second highest ranked African team.
This basketball format will make its first appearance at the Commonwealth Games this year and Team Kenya is keen to stand out.
The women’s team will rely on the experience of Kenyan women’s basketball captain Melissa Akinyi and influential Natalie Akinyi as well as Jemimah Otieno to lead the charge as they seek glory in the games ahead. must start from July 28 to August 8.
In the corresponding men’s team, Faheem Juma, who was part of the team that brought the country to glory at the AfroCan Championships in 2019, is at Camp along with Larry Shavanga, Deryl omondi, Gabriel Onyango and David Odanga.
“The first day of training has been good, we are getting to know each other as a team and from this session it is safe to say that we will fit in quickly. The coach is a familiar person in the team and so we are dealing with someone whose philosophy we believe in,” Shavanga said.
Speaking after the training session, coach Tony Ochieng expressed his optimism that the team will prepare on time.
He also thanked the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) and the government, through the Ministry of Sports, for making efforts to ensure that the teams turn up at the residential camps in a timely manner.
“The team is doing well, at the moment we are in the preparation phase where we have taken different aspects into account to ensure that we prepare comprehensively for the seven weeks before the Commonwealth Games,” Ochieng said.
Kenya will play against Canada, Sri Lanka, Great Britain, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia, New Zealand as well as Australia.
Other camp teams include hockey, cycling, wheelchair basketball, judo, boxing, weightlifting and powerlifting.