Coach Owuor confident of an impressive Morans show

Kenya men’s national basketball team head coach Cliff Owuor is confident the team will emerge top in the second round of this year’s Afrobasket qualifiers slated for Kigali Rwanda from November 25-29.

The Morans are pooled in a tough looking Group B that also has other continental heavyweights Senegal, Mozambique, and Angola.

He says the mood in the camp is ”sky-high” as they consider themselves contenders.

“The mood is fantastic and the players are enjoying themselves which is good for the team’s wellbeing.

“It is easy for them to win because they are a team that is confident and knows what they can do,”he said.

He says the team’s unprecedented run to the finals of the FIBA African championships last year helped the players believe they can challenge for any tournament they participate in.

“In any sport the moment you go all the way to the finals that experience makes the players believe that they can take on any opponent and emerge victorious.

“As you can see the mood in the camp is different and the lads are confident thanks to that experience.

All we will do is prepare well and leave the rest to God. I am very confident in the abilities of these players,” he added.

One of the toughest challenges that the team has had to overcome is the Covid-19 pandemic that saw its training program shelved for some time.

He however says many of the players look sharper than before thanks to the hard work they put in while indoors during the lockdown.

“The players were doing good before we broke camp due to the pandemic. But in my opinion guys like Faheem, Fidel and Victor are in better shape than before. That tells how hungry they are for success.”

Kigali, Rwanda is set to host teams from 12 countries and four others competing in Alexandria, Egypt with the events staged under Covid-19 social bubbles on November 25-29.

After overcoming South Sudan in the finals of the pre-qualification games last year at the Nyayo Stadium Gymnasium, Kenya will take on Angola, Mozambique, and Senegal hoping to make the cut for the finals.

The top three teams from the qualification journey will qualify for the Afrobasket Championship that will be held in Kigali, Rwanda next year

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