Owuor is confident on Diaspora player’s fitness ahead of Afro-Basketball qualifiers

  • National team head coach Cliff Owuor is confident in their chances ahead of the FIBA Afro-Basket qualifiers in November. He hails the Diaspora players for good progress and self-discipline.
Cliff Owour, Afro-Basketball Qualifiers

Owuor, who guided the national side to their first podium finish earning a bronze medal during the inaugural Afro-Can show in Mali last year, is upbeat about their chances.

With the pandemic Novel COVID-19 gripping all the sporting activities, Owuor emphasizes players’ self-discipline as the determining factor when the action resumes.

“Their discipline is important at the moment. They must all take care during their training and I will continue engaging them in as far as training is concerned,” Owuor said.

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He also noted that Diaspora players are key to the Morans’ qualification in the FIBA Afro-Basket show slated for November at a venue yet to be announced.

“If I get all my players who are based outside the country in good form, we should do well. That is why I am interested in their progress during this time,” he said.

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 Rwanda-based Tom Wamukota and Ariel Okal, who plays in Algeria, had their leagues canceled but Owuor is following their daily training.

“Exposure is something good. If they can play out there; that will do a lot to their confidence. It will also boost the confidence of others who they play with,” Owuor added.

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“I am working out from home and only have access to an outdoor court. We can go out for runs and the likes,” he concluded.

Tylor Ongwae Kenyan and Bakken Bears Basketball player disclose his daily regime to stay fit. He said: “I am doing well. I started doing the hill work and I hope to be in good shape when we resume. I haven’t touched a ball yet and all the gyms are closed.”

Kenya won a six-team Zone Five event that included Burundi, Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia, and Tanzania to qualify for the show January in Nairobi. The winners from all the seven zones were then drawn to meet the 16 teams that had qualified from the previous championship in Tunisia.

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