- Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Premier League side Umoja, have signed three young talented players on their quest to turn the club around as they target the second round of the play-off games ahead of the season.
Assistant coach, Steve Kuta confirmed that the self-supporting club recruited the young talents during the close season before the coronavirus pandemic disruption on all sports activities. He said that the team was all set for the league before COVID-19 altered their plans.
He is optimistic that the recruits have what it takes to turn the team’s fortunes around and there is no doubt of their success. Umoja, who failed to make it to the playoffs last year, have also welcomed back Jason Sakwa from the provincial side, PBC Eastgate.
“We want to reach the second round of the play-off games. We intend to give our young talent a lot of playing time so that they adapt to the league quickly,” Kuta stated.
Kuta on the recruits said that they have been training and he expects them to gel with the rest. He also added that the team remains intact having not lost any player this time around.
The recruits include; Wieu George, Ferdinand Otieno (guards), and forward Shema Nicolas.
“Most of our players are training in isolation individually. We have various training challenges that we post on our group,” Kuta said.
He acknowledged the difficulty of the players training alone as it requires discipline and self-driven to be able to follow the routine. According to Kuta, zoom meetings help them check on each other and ensure that all goes well during these hard times posed by the pandemic COVID-19.
“We also host zoom meetings just to check up on each other and share experiences on how we are coping up with this situation,” he added.
Kuta concluded that the club is more than just a basketball outfit. They are also involved in looking out for each other on all fronts when not engaged in the game.