Blow for Kenyan Teams in Kampala As Fiba Show Hits Crucial Stage

KENYA men and women’s teams suffered heavy blows in the ongoing Fiba Africa Zone Five championship after losing crucial matches at the MTN Lugogo Indoor Hall in Kampala, Uganda.

The women’s team, who are also the reigning champions posted the saddest story of all after crushing 51-70 to Egypt. The result was a set back to their chances of qualifying for both the Afro-basket and the All Africa Games.

And the men lost two games, crushing heavily to Egypt 85-53 on Friday night and falling 81-70 to hosts Uganda on Saturday night in a fierce duel. They are placed fourth with Somalia last in the five-team show.

The women’s team were due to play Uganda in a must win situation late yesterday to determine who bags a direct ticket to the continental showcase. The winner in the fixture will take it all with Egypt already confirmed for second position.

Against Egypt women, Kenya trailed 15-17 in the first quarter but moved up 16-14 in the second. They were down 13-14 in the third before an Egyptian barrage caught them cold in the last 25-8.

Captain Bridgit Nanzala and Purity Ouma led the Kenya scoreboard with 12 points each while Mohammed and Reen Ousama top-scored for Egypt with 17 apiece. Merina Awad added 13 for the Pharaohs.

Kenya men lost to Uganda for the first time in many years in a hotly contest “battle for Lugogo”. The host raced ahead 23-14 in the first quarter and 21-18 in the second. Kenya took the third 20-23.

The winners had the last quarter 19-14. Valentine Nyakinda bagged 17 and Phil Amenyi added 16. Uganda had five players posting double figures led by Ivan Lemyanyuka (15) and Erick Johnson (14).

Kenya were humiliated 85-53 by Egypt who led in all but the last quarter ( 25-7, 17-13, 24-13 and 19-20). Wafula was the only player hitting double figures as he recorded 12. Haleta Haythem scored 19 and Eshabash Mohammed hit 10 for the pharaohs.

Source : The Star

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