- Samba Mjomba, the Equity Bank women’s basketball team point guard has insisted that their team is ready to defend the title and cannot wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to end so that the 2020 season can get underway.
The 34-year old missed some part of last season due to a knee injury but has returned and poisoned to defend the crown.
Mjomba, who was part of the team that reclaimed their title last season after beating rivals Kenya Ports Authority in the play-off finals says she was ready for this season’s tip-off which was set for March. The pandemic coronavirus also put a halt to the annual Late Tom Munyama Pre-season Basketball Tournament, which was to act as a curtain-raiser for the league season.
“It is unfortunate that we didn’t get to play the pre-season tourney because it would have been a good thing for teams to gauge their fitness ahead of the new season,” Mjomba said during an interview in Kitengela.
Mjomba is keeping fit at home as she waits for the ban on social gatherings to be lifted. She runs thrice a week every morning since she is working from home as there is no team training.
“As a team, we are working on how we can defend the title,” Samba said.
She added that she prefers working out between 4 pm and 7 pm daily through support from her two fitness coaches and teammates.
“Annerose Ndella and Ben Oluoch send me videos from Rwanda on top of the work-out program plans being given by Coach Sylvia Kamau,” she added.
While there are no clear dates set for the return of sporting activities ‘Hope’ rules. It is what drives most athletes to strive harder for fitness as the hope for the resumption. Samba has not been left behind too as she counts on the same hope.
“I hope everything will get back to normal and everybody will be able to pick up the pieces and move on,” she concluded.