By Thomas Odongo and Fred Kiva
KAMPALA - Egypt (women) and Kenya (men) national basketball teams have won the Zone V Basketball Championship, held at the MTN Arena Lugogo in Kampala, Uganda.
The week-long event saw the two teams win three of their four matches, with the women’s event being played on qualifier format while the men’s event was played on round-robin format. Egypt women side beat Kenya Lionesses 90-72 in the finals while Kenya men’s side should thank Uganda for helping them fight their battle when the hosts beat Rwanda 77-71 in the last game of the event.
Against Rwanda, Uganda’s Brandon Davies claimed 18 points while Robinson Opong and Jimmy Enabu had 17 and 14 points respectively to affirm a third-place finish for the men’s hosts. For Rwanda, Kami Kabenge scored 14 points while Elie Kaje and Kenny Gasana both had 11 points in a losing effort.
In the ladies final in Lugogo, Egypt’s skipper Reem Awad bagged 16 points, Reneem Elgedawy had 15 points while Menatalla Awad returned 13 points. Egypt men’s side had also won three of the four games but Kenya’s better head-to-head record against them ensured that they come atop - Kenya had beaten Egypt 97-79 earlier on.
Egypt qualifies for the AfroBasket (women) tournament set for 9th -18th August 2019 in Senegal while Kenya gets a ticket for the inaugural AFROCAN Basketball championship due in Bamako, Mali (July 19-28 2019) Kenya women’s side; Lionesses were granted a wild card for the AfroBasket do for the organizers want to increase participation. Women hosts Gazelles finished third after beating Rwanda 68-64 in the 3rd and 4th placement match.Rwanda women’s side finished the tournament without a victory just like Tanzania in the men’s pool.
Gen Kainerugaba’s support
As the Championship progressed on Monday, the Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba gave a financial contribution of Shs7.5million to one of the participating teams, the Tanzania National Basketball Team (Men and Women).
Announcing General Kainerugaba’s support to the Tanzanian Basketball Team, his spokesperson Major Chris Magezi said the contribution covers accommodation, meals and transport among other expenses incurred by the team during their one week stay in Uganda. Major Magezi said the Tanzanian team had reached out to the General seeking for support and in the Pan-African spirit he could not let down an East African team.
With Gen Kainerugaba’s support, the Tanzanian Basketball Team emerged best in fair play and had the best scorer of the tournament. The tournament attracted participation of teams from Kenya, Egypt, Rwanda and the host Uganda. Burundi, Sudan and Somalia did not make it.The tournament has been running since June 26
- Women Fair Play - Team Rwanda Best Rebounder - Felmas Adhiambo (Kenya) Best Scorer - Tierra Henderson (Rwanda) MVP - Menatalla Awag (Egypt) Overall Awards – Women Winners - Egypt 1st R/Up - Kenya 2nd R/Up - Uganda Individual Awards – Men Fair Play - Team Tanzania Best Rebounder - Brandon Davies (Uganda) Best Scorer - Baraka Anthumani (Tanzania) MVP - Tyler Ongwae (Kenya) Overall Awards – Men Winners - Kenya R/Up - Egypt 2nd R/Up - Uganda