- The tournaments and the Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) are seeking to improve the level of competition at the university level.
The National University Basketball League which was scheduled to commence on 1st February to 7th March has attracted 10 teams.
This event is designed to be a pilot scheme for a league that will consist of university students who compete for athletic scholarships.
University league is scheduled to be held at the Nyayo National Stadium and the teams that will be participating will receive kits, technical guidance and as usual, the winners will receive a trophy. James Mavisi who is the event coordinator said that the poor standards of basketball in Kenya has inspired him to introduce the league.
“We want to nurture kids who play basketball and involve professional coaches, fitness coaches and even nutritionists so as to elevate the level of college basketball in Kenya. The aim is to produce professionals who can compete internationally and eventually benefit from basketball scholarships,” he said.
The list of universities who will participate in the tournament was selected based on the historical performances of basketball and also the sports development agenda of the team concerned.
Universities involve include Riara University, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya, Zetech University, Multimedia University of Kenya and Catholic University of Eastern Africa. The other universities that will participate in the event include Kenyatta University, Strathmore University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and also the African Nazarene University.
Finally, the tournament will grow into a league by September and it will be structured to have 2 divisions. The divisions will be the current universities and other universities outside Nairobi city. In addition, there are also plans for developing a ladies league to support women who have a passion for sports.