- The Kenya national men’s basketball team head coach Cliff Owuor has revealed that the Morans have an opportunity to return to the continental showpiece after 27 years and challenge dominant North and West African teams.
Owuor is confident his team has prepared well and friendly matches against tougher opposition will steer Kenya’s ambition.
“A lot has changed, especially in the manner in which we prepare the teams. So far, for the two competitions, we prepared well and I am happy especially how we have been adjusting to the sessions,” Owuor said.
“We have played top teams in friendlies like Cameroon and done well,” he pointed out.
Owuor stated that with the inclusion of local players who are abroad Kenya will return to be the apex of continental basketball – win the title, and also sneak into the 2023 FIBA World Cup or the 2024 Olympic Games.
“I have a dozen players who have gone on to play abroad. I want to draft them in the squad as the steel to wrap on the fringe players. Should I get all my players who are based outside the country in good shape and we train well for the tournament, we should do well,” he noted.
“I have envisioned this task in a dream. I remain optimistic Kenya has a strong chance to return to the continental show after a 27-year hiatus,” Owuor said.
The former APR (Rwanda) head coach bank on players who have had the chance to play abroad in uplifting the local-based players.
“Exposure is something good. If my players who are out there can play it will add a lot to their confidence. It will also help others who play alongside them. That is why I am interested in their progress during this time,” Owuor added.
To a surprise, Kenya hosted the 1993 FIBA Africa Championship and managed to reach the Final Four, its best performance to date.
Owuor is working hard to contest the FIBA Afro Basketball 2021 qualifiers in November and is determined to pull another surprise and take the time to a higher level.