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Basketball - 03. July 2007.

Kenya names final team for Algeria Games



Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) utility player Caroline Arato was among the three players dropped as the final All Africa Games team was named yesterday.

The other two are Yana Milele's duo of Volnet Wanyama, who was in the side that clinched the Games ticket in Kigali, Rwanda in February and debutant Judy Akoth.

KBF chairman Agina Wesonga, who named the players a day earlier than they had promised told SportFest that the side has a strong chances on a first ever medal.

Head coach Ronny Owino said there was still a bit to be done before departure latter this week. "Within the remaining days,we will work more on combination, defense and passing." he noted.

Eight of the players who did duty for the country during the 2003 Games in Abuja, Nigeria have been retained with only four new players coming in.

The team will be captained Sprite Storms speedy Angela Luchivya who will be assisted by no nonsense Caroline 'Majeng' Achieng former of disbanded Telkom side.

For Luchivya, the honour comes a few days after she was named the overall ladies captain. National handball players Grace Madegwa was named co-captain.

Agina said that the dropped players were expected to leave camp yesterday after talking to their coaches who were to explain to them why they did not made the team.

"Before they leave for home, the coaches were to talk to them and the will also be asked when to come back for their kits and allowances." said Agina.

Achieng,Eunice Ouma, Rose Ouma, Millicent Anyango, Mirriam Awuor, Joyce Makungu, Josephine Owino and Gladys Wanyama were in the Abuja team.

Luchivya, Hilda Luvandwa, Lorraine Achieng and UK based Marion Githegi will be making their debut in a serious tournament.

The team has been training since April under coaches Owino and Thomas Olumbo. They have also had regular tips from Qatar Army team coach Mohammed Muse
Abdirahman.

"When I first saw them, the team were not shooting from the perimeter. But after some days workouts, I am very impressed with their shots now." Abdirahman told SporFest at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.

He said that for a team to perfom better in a big stage like the Pan Africa Games, there is need for both outside and inside plays to counter the opposition.

" Your federation's effort to bring the country's top players from abroad will also pay dividends as they will play a key role in your success during the show."said the tactician.

Kenya are pooled in Group B and will be playing their matches at Dar el Beida. They open their campaign on July 12 against Tunisia, Mali on July12, Zimbabwe a day latter.

After a July 15 rest day, Kenya play their final two matches against continental powerhouse Nigeria who are also the defending champions and then Senegal on July 17.

Dann O'WERE
FIBA

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