The 2015 Africa basketball championships kicks off in Tunisia on August 19. Kenya will not be represented having lost out to neighbours Uganda in the qualifiers. In fact Kenya has not been at this tournament since they hosted it in 1993. That is a whopping 22 years.
This year if the Kenya Basketball Federation had its act together and was able to incorporate foreign based players, Kenya could have fielded a powerful starting five that could have put them in the medal bracket of this tournament.
Below are some players with Kenyan eligibility who are playing in foreign leagues.
Point Guard : Kenneth Otieno
Kenneth Otieno is a 6’3″ guard who plays for the University of
In the 2015 season, he averaged 14.7 points per game, while
Shooting Guard: Tylor Ongwae
Ongwae, a 6’7″ guard/forward, had a stellar 2014-2015 season, no
Ongwae is quick to the basket, has excellent ball handling skills. He
When the pressure is higher, Ongwae’s performance rises to the
Small Forward : Robert Nyakundi
Robert Nyakundi, is a 6’8″ combo Forward. He played college
After his successful college career Nyakundi signed with Romanian
For the 2014-2015, he joined Liège in the Belgian league.
He has excellent outside shooting from the 3 & 4 position. Due to his
Power Forward: Omondi Amoke
Omondi Amoke is a powerfully built 6’7″ 225 lb (100kgs) power
What sets him aside is his amazing athleticism. Even with his big
In his senior season at Cal Poly, Amoke averaged 10.8 points per
Following his college career, Amoke has played in the CBA for the
Center: Tom Wamukota
Wamukota, a product of Maseno school, a 6’11 center. he has the
He is a good defender in the low post and also provides tremendous
In addition to the aforementioned starting 5, there are other players
Joel Awich is a 6’7″ swingman with incredible foot-speed, and
JP Nyadaro is another product of Maseno school. After a succesful
Ronald Gombe Gundo a 6’8″ forward who is well known in Kenya
Add this to the top tier players from the Kenyan league and you would have a dynamite team that is capable of making a lot of noise at the Africa basketball championships and at least reaching the semi-finals. It is worth noting that when Kenya lost to Uganda in the Africa qualifiers, it was because the Ugandan Federation had the organizational skills and forethought to bring their foreign players. But their foreign crew would have been no match for this Kenyan foreign crew.
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