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Zone V: JKL Mercenaries Prove Worth, Face KPA Hurdle

Monday, October 21
*Equity 96-39 La Gazzele
*Don Bosco – APR
*JKT 32-81 JKL
(1-18, 9-20, 9-22, 13-21)

Tuesday, October 22
*La Gazzele Vs APR
*Equity Vs Don Bosco
*JKL Vs KPA

JKL Lady Dolphins’ acquisitions Brenda Ekone, Zainah Lokwameri, Sarah Ageno and Rose Akon proved their worth as the side eased past Tanzania’s JKT in their opener at the 2019 FIBA Africa Zone V women club Championship.

Ekone, who plies her trade with Nkumba Lady Marines, posted a game high 18 points while UCU’s trio of Zainah had 13 points, Ageno managed 11 points and Akon grabbed 12 rebounds.

Zainah, Flavia Oketcho, Peace Nakirija, Hope Akello and Namuwaya Muhayimuna started the game and set the tone when they led 18-1 after the first quarter, and Mandy Juruni’s side never looked back before sealing a dominant performance.

Brenda Ekone (blue) in action against Tanzania’s JKT. Courtesy photo

JKL face a big test against Kenya’s KPA, the other club in the three-team group A.

Winner here has a big chance to reach the finals as will face second team in group B, likely to be Rwanda’s APR (avoid Zone Five defending champions Equality) – and hence seal one of the two needed slots to qualify for the FIBA Africa women Club Championship set later this year.

KPA has familiar figures, including KCCA Leopards’ Cynthia Irakunda and former UCU centre Vilma Achieng.

Coached by Mikel Opel, the team also have USA-based Taudencia Katumbi, Congo’s Betty Kalanga, Hilda Indasi, Natalie Akinyi, Seline Okumu among others.

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