Kisumu to host KBF Jamhuri Day tourney

Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) has organised a tourney dubbed Jamhuri Day Tournament for different teams participating in different levels of Kenyan leagues to help teams prepare for the new season primed to tip off next year.

The two-day tourney will be held in Kisumu on Saturday and Sunday with participants out to shake off the coronavirus blues.

The competition secretary Joseph Amoko says the tournament will provide a massive shot on the arm for the teams with a return to top-flight basketball edging closer.

The league was primed to tip off in March this year but the plans were thrown into the backburner due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The federation has set the month of January next year as the action-return date for the National League season.

“It will be a big boost for teams for they have been out of action the whole year without training because the tournament will act as a pre-season ahead of the league restart.

“The teams will also be able to know the fitness of their players and also a good platform to scout for new players,” added Amoko.

Ulinzi Warriors and Equity Bank are the men’s and women’s Kenya’s basketball premier league defending champions respectively after triumphing in 2019.

Only the national men’s basketball team, Morans, was involved in action this year after participating in Afrobasket pre-qualifiers in Nairobi and qualifiers’ first leg  championship held in Kigali, Rwanda.

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