Uganda-Based National Team Players Arrive Ahead of Zone 5 Show

UGANDA-based Purity Ouma and Vilma Owino have reported to the national team training at the Nyayo Stadium ahead of the FIBA Africa Zone Five Championships set for September 21-18 in Kampala.

Lugogo Indoor Stadium in Kampala, Uganda from September 21-18.The two are students in Uganda and play for a top women’s side -Uganda Christian University (UCU) Ladies Canons. The three are expected to play leading roles in Kenya’s campaign to win titles at the Lugogo Indoor Stadium in Kampala.

National women’s head coach Evelyne Kedogo is, however, worried with the absence of shooting guard Hilda Indasi, who is yet to report to the camp. “Hilda Indasi has not reported. We are still trying to secure her release,” said Kedogo yesterday.

The two teams will play two friendly matches at same venue tomorrow against a select sides. The matches which will start at 6pm will see the national men’s team face Nairobi-based players with their women counterparts confronting a select team led by former captain Silalei Shani.

The winners during the Africa Zone Five event will book tickets for both the All Africa Games in Brazaville, Congo and Africa Nations Cup.

This exhibition encounter will be used to raise funds in support of the teams’ preparations, according to the national team board chairman Agina Wesonga.

“The training is going on well with most players already in camp right now. We are asking all to turn up in large numbers as money will go towards preparing the teams for Uganda show,” said Agina. “I am appealing to Nairobi fans to turn up in large numbers and help raise funds for the teams,” said Wesonga.

Antony Ojukwu and Tony Ochieng are in charge of the men’s side while the girls are under the tutelage of Kedogo and her assistant David Maina.

There will also be dunking and shooting contest to spice up the show and the charges will be Sh200.

Squads

Men: Desmond Oli, Arial Okal, Joseph Ouma, Martin Kitonga, Kevin Kigotho, James Mwangi, Khambea Situma, Joseph Ondinyo, Allan Ouma, Salim Ali, Ancette Wafula, William Ochieng, Victor Odendo and Valentine Nyakinda Women: Natalie Akinyi, Salma Akinyi, Vilma Owino, Annerose Atieno, Melissa Atieno, Rebecca Sarange, Bridgit Nanzala, Evelyne Sande, Debra Obunga, Emma Nyakweba, Mercy Wanyama, Susan Akinyi, Belinda Okoth and Lynette Atieno.

Source : The Star

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