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Zone Five Championship: Desmond, Vilma Make Kenya Squads

Former UCU duo Desmond Owili Blacio and Vilma Achieng have been included in Kenya squads for the upcoming FIBA Africa Zone five Championship due June 26 in Kampala.

Desmond, a towering big man, is expected to haunt the Silverbacks due to his awareness of some of the players he faced during his stay in Uganda.

Owili who plays for Cobras in Australia and Denmark based Tyler Okari are the two foreign based players on the Kenyan men’s national team.

Desmond (right) and Namake (centre)

The men’s team also has Brian Namake who plays for Uganda’s JKL Dolphins, and former Betway Power big man Mike Makiadi.

For the women, former UCU Lady Canons duo who now play for KPA Vilma Achieng and Christine Akinyi have also been included. Rose Ouma (Dubai) and Mercy Wanyama (Spain), are the foreign based players on the team.

Felmas Adhiambo Koranga is also part of the team.

The Kenyan contingent is expected to arrive on Tuesday in two bunches ahead of Wednesday tip-off.

Ronnie Owino and Everlyne Kedogo will coach the women’s team, while Cliff Owuor and Carey Odhiambo will be in charge of men’s team.

Kenyan teams

Women: Rose Ouma, Samba Mjomba, Debbie Obunga, Selina Okumu, Betty Kananu, Melissa Akinyi, Hilda Luvandwa, Clara Rotich, Christine Akinyi, Vilma Achieng, Mercy Wanyama, Felmas Koranga.
*Coach: Ronnie Owino and Evelyne Kedogo

Men: Griffin Ligare, Valentine Nyakinda, Ariel Okal, James Mwangi, Eric Mutoro, Mike Makiadi, Brian Namake Victor Ochieng, Ronnie Gundo, Desmond Owili, Taylor Okari, Bush Wamukota, Fahim Juma. *Coach – Cliff Owuor and Carey Odhiambo.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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